Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Phyllostomidae

Scientific Name: Artibeus aztecus
Species Authority: K. Andersen, 1906
Common Name(s):
English Aztec Fruit-eating Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Artibeus aztecus - Subgenus Dermanura (Simmons 2005).
This genus has been recognized as a separate genus on molecular grounds (Lim et al. 2004), but there are no diagnostic morphological differences from Artibeus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Miller, B., Reid, F., Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, 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: Michoacan and Oaxaca to Nuevo León and Sinaloa (Mexico), south to western Panama (Simmons 2005). Cerro Campana in Central Panama (Reid and Pino pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Panama
Lower elevation limit (metres): 600
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3000
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Population [top]

Population: Is common.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: According to Davis (1969), appears to be associated with cloud forests rather than a particular floral assemblage because individuals have been captured in mist nets set in conifer, evergreen forests, mangos and bananas groves, and in a relatively dry valley near Comayagua, Honduras. Jones (1964) collected specimens from abandoned mines surrounded by tropical deciduous forest in narrow valleys that approached the broader of oak and pine-oak forests.
Pregnant females, each having one embryo, have been collected in March, April, July and August and a lactating female was captured in September (Wilson 1979).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found in protected areas.

Citation: Miller, B., Reid, F., Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Artibeus aztecus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T2123A9260001. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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