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Scotophilus nigrita

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA VESPERTILIONIDAE

Scientific Name: Scotophilus nigrita
Species Authority: (Schreber, 1774)
Common Name/s:
English Giant House Bat, Schreber's Yellow Bat
Synonym/s:
Scotophilus nigrita Dalquest, 1965 subspecies alvenslebeni

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Cotterill, F.P.D
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, 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 African bat has been recorded as scattered records from West, East, and south-east Africa. It has been reported from Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria in West Africa, from central Sudan, and from western Democratic Republic of the Congo, western Kenya and Tanzania, south to Mozambique, Malawi and eastern Zimbabwe.
Countries:
Native:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; Senegal; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It appears to be a rare, or rarely recorded, species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has been recorded from a variety of habitats, ranging from lowland tropical moist forest, to both moist and dry savanna. Animals have been found roosting in a house and in a hollow dead palm tree (Happold 1987).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by the conversion of its habitat to agricultural use in parts of its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no direct conservation measures in place. It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. Management of protected areas is necessary.
Citation: Cotterill, F.P.D 2008. Scotophilus nigrita. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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