Artibeus cinereus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Artibeus cinereus
Species Authority: (Gervais, 1856)
Common Name(s):
English Gervais's Fruit-eating Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Subgenus Dermanura (Simmons 2005). This subgenus has been recognized as a separate genus on molecular grounds, but there are no diagnostic morphological differences from Artibeus (Lim et al. 2004).

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 as it is widespread, tolerant to habitat modification, fairly common and has a large population.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This bat occurs from Guianas, Venezuela, Colombia, Northern Brazil, Trinidad (Simmons 2005). Also Bolivia, Peru, and Suriname (Sampaio pers. comm.). In Brazil, it is found as far south as Sao Paulo state (Sampaio pers. comm.).
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Relatively common.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Given challenges in species identification, its distribution is not well known, but the genus is generally found in mature and disturbed lowland and montane rainforest, plantations and gardens, and cloud forest and deciduous forest (Emmons and Feer, 1997). There are records from the Cerrado (Bredt and Uieda, 1996; Goncalves and Gregorin, 2004). These bats roost in small groups, usually in trees such as palms (Goodwin and Greenhall, 1961). They prefer multistratal tropical evergreen forest and feed on small fruits and insects. They roost under banana-like leaves and perhaps in tents made from palm leaves (Kunz et al. 1994). The species is relatively tolerant of habitat disturbance (Faria pers. comm.)
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss in some parts of the range, although this is not a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Reduce habitat loss. The species occurs in a number of protected areas throughout its range.

Citation: Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S. 2008. Artibeus cinereus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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