Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Emballonuridae

Scientific Name: Saccopteryx canescens
Species Authority: Thomas, 1901
Common Name(s):
English Frosted Sac-winged Bat
Taxonomic Notes: This species may be confused with S. gymnura.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Sampaio, E., Lim, B., & Peters, S.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern because it is widely distributed.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed from eastern Colombia across northern South America, including Venezuela and the Guianas, to northern Brazil and Peru (Eisenberg 1989; Koopman 1993). It typically occurs below 500 m in Venezuela (Handley 1976)
Countries occurrence:
Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Upper elevation limit (metres): 500
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Population [top]

Population: Sometimes common (Emmons and Feer 1997). Poorly known to any comments (Lim pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This small bat is poorly known. It frequents multistratal evergreen forests at low elevations (Eisenberg 1989). Often found near streams and moist areas and in clearings, it co-occurs over much of its range with S. leptura, but the exact way they partition resources is poorly understood. It is insectivorous; this bat forages in small openings in the forest, around camps (where they often fly through buildings), river edges, and pastures (Emmons and Feer 1997). It is regularly recorded in gaps. It is an aerial insectivore that forages in background cluttered space.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This is a widely distributed and common species. In general, deforestation is a potential threat to most organisms but is probably not specific to any species of New World emballonurid bats because none of them have a restricted area of endemism other than perhaps Balantioperyx infusca and Saccopteryx antioquensis.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This is a widely distributed and common species. Retention of primary forest. The species occurs in some protected areas. This occurs for most New World emballonurid bats because they are usually widely distributed.

Citation: Sampaio, E., Lim, B., & Peters, S. 2008. Saccopteryx canescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T19805A9018867. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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