Syconycteris australis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Pteropodidae

Scientific Name: Syconycteris australis
Species Authority: (Peters, 1867)
Common Name(s):
English Common Blossom Bat, Eastern Blossom Bat, Southern Blossom Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Helgen, K., Salas, L., Hall, L. & Richards, G.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team), Racey, P.A., Medellín, R. & Hutson, A.M. (Chiroptera Red List Authority)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, large population, lack of any major threats, presence in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This widespread species ranges from the Moluccan Islands of Indonesia (including the islands of Ambon, Seram, and Gebe), to the islands of Salawati, Biak and Yapen (all Indonesia), throughout much of the island of New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea), and the Aru Islands (Indonesia). The species is present in the Bismarck Archipelago (including the islands of New Britain and New Ireland) (Papua New Guinea), on the island of Manus in the Admiralty Islands (Papua New Guinea), on the D’Entrecasteaux Islands (Papua New Guinea), the Louisade Archipelago (Papua New Guinea) and is also found in Australia where it ranges through the forests of eastern Queensland and New South Wales (Flannery 1995a,b; Bonaccorso 1998; Law and Spencer 2008). It occurs from sea level to 3,000 m asl. (Bonaccorso 1998). In New South Wales, it only occurs at sea level (M. Pennay pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Australia; Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3000
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Population [top]

Population: This species is common in most habitats.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is an adaptable species found in a variety of forest habitats including tropical moist forest, moss forest, dry sclerophyll woodland, eucalypt forest, and Melaleuca swamps (Bonaccorso 1998; Law and Spencer 2008). It can also be found adjacent to heathland-type habitats. Females give birth to one or two young annually. This species roosts in colonies in dense foliage in large-leaved trees (L. Hall pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species. South of around Fraser Island, Queensland, coastal development including drainage of paperbark swamps is a major threat locally (L. Hall pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from many protected areas.

Citation: Helgen, K., Salas, L., Hall, L. & Richards, G. 2008. Syconycteris australis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T21185A9255407. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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