Artibeus obscurus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Artibeus obscurus
Species Authority: Schinz, 1821
Common Name(s):
English Dark Fruit-eating Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Old records may have been called A. fuliginosus

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 in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is found east of the Andes in southern Colombia and Venezuela, eastern Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and into the adjacent portions of the Guyanas and most of Brazil even to Santa Catarina state (Eisenberg, 1989; Koopman, 1993). Most specimens have been taken below 500 m elevation in Venezuela (Handley, 1976).
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Common. It presents some phylogeographic structure (Ditchfield pers. comm.). In Cabruca (in Brazil), it is only found in association with mature forest (Faria pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is not well known compared to congeners. In Venezuela the species is associated with moist habitats and multistratal tropical evergreen forest (Handley, 1976). It is also found in savanna, cerrado and caatinga vegetation. Roosts in hollow trees, foliage, and palm trees. The diet includes figs and Cecropia seeds. Fruits are plucked by mouth and taken to feeding roosts. Its habitat may be more specialized in the eastern part of its range.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats. It is found at lower densities in small fragments.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Reduce habitat destruction and fragmentation.

Citation: Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S. 2008. Artibeus obscurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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