Saccolaimus peli


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Saccolaimus peli
Species Authority: (Temminck, 1853)
Common Name(s):
English Pel's Pouched Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Fahr, J.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2004 Near Threatened

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Pel's pouched bat ranges widely through the equatorial forest belt of west and central Africa. In the Upper Guinea region it occurs in Liberia, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Its main range extends from southwestern Nigeria to western Uganda, with isolated records from western Kenya and eastern Angola.
Angola (Angola); Cameroon; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Ghana; Guinea; Kenya; Liberia; Nigeria; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: Pel's pouched bat occurs in low densities across its wide range.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Pel's pouched bat lives in forest clearings in the rainforest zone but not in the forest interior. It flies very high, and is insectivorous, nocturnal and crepuscular. It roosts in hollow trees and cavities of large trees, either singly or in groups up to five animals (Happold, 1987). The species' response to habitat fragmentation is unknown.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Selective logging of large trees with cavities results in substantial roost destruction. Parts of Pel's pouched bat's range is fragmented by agricultural activities, but as it lives in clearings, it is not known whether or not this is having a significant negative impact on the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in several protected areas. Research is needed to determine the effects of habitat fragmentation on the species.

Citation: Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Fahr, J. 2008. Saccolaimus peli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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