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Scotoecus pallidus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA VESPERTILIONIDAE

Scientific Name: Scotoecus pallidus
Species Authority: (Dobson, 1876)
Common Name/s:
English Desert Yellow Lesser House Bat., Desert Yellow Bat
Synonym/s:
Nycticeius pallidus (Dobson, 1876)
Scotophilus pallidus Dobson, 1876
Vespertilio noctulinus I. Geoffroy, 1831
Taxonomic Notes: Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1951) treated this taxon as Nycticeius pallidus Dobson, 1876. However, Hill (1974) reviewed the status of this species and included this taxon under Scotoecus Thomas, 1901, a trend that was followed by all subsequent workers. Tate (1942) opined that if noctulinus I. Geoffroy, 1831 is identifiable then it would be first name for pallidus Dobson, 1876 (Srinivasulu et al. in press).

Assessment Information [top]

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

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to South Asia and is presently known from India (Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) and Pakistan (Punjab and Sind) in South Asia (Das 2003, Molur et al. 2002, Srinivasulu et al. in press). It has been recorded from 46 m up to an elevation of 2,500 m asl (Molur et al. 2002).
Countries:
Native:
India (Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal); Pakistan
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Population [top]

Population: The abundance, population size and trends for this species are not known (Molur et al. 2002).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Little is known about the habitat or ecology of this species except that this species is found in tropical thorn forests and urban areas preferring to roost in crevices and holes in old buildings and hollows in trees (Molur et al. 2002).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is locally threatened by habitat loss, largely due to increase in urbanization leading to disturbance and loss of roosting sites, and competition from invasive alien species (Molur et al. 2002).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no direct conservation measures in place for this species. The species has not been recorded from any protected areas. Further studies are needed on distribution, abundance, reproduction, ecology, population monitoring, habitat maintenance, limiting factor research, public awareness and conservation lobbying are actions recommended for the species (Molur et al. 2002).
Citation: Molur, S. & Srinivasulu, C. 2008. Scotoecus pallidus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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