Artibeus watsoni


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Artibeus watsoni
Species Authority: Thomas, 1901
Common Name(s):
English Thomas's Fruit-eating Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Subgenus Dermanura. 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): 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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Southern Mexico to Southwestern Colombia (Simmons 2005). There is no record for El Salvador.
Belize; Colombia; Costa Rica; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama
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Population [top]

Population: Artibeus watsoni is usually found below 800 m above sea level, in semideciduous and evergreen lowland forests, second growth, and fruit groves (Reid 1997). It feeds primarily on fruits, although to a lesser extent may consume insects and pollen (LaVal and Rodrıguez-H 2002).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in evergreen and semideciduous lowland forests, tolerates second growth and disturbed habitats.
Highly Cluttered Space/Gleaning Frugivores (Kalko et al., 1996). Feeds on small figs, Cecropia fruits, etc. Roosts in small colonies in leaf tents. Reproduction seems to involve bimodal polyestry.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found in protected areas. In Mexico is listed as subject to special protection under NOM - 059 - SEMARNAT - 2001 (Arroyo-Cabrales pers. comm.).

Citation: Miller, B., Reid, F., Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Artibeus watsoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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