Tomopeas ravus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Molossidae

Scientific Name: Tomopeas ravus
Species Authority: Miller, 1900
Common Name(s):
English Blunt-eared Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Monotypic. There is uncertainty as to which genus this species belongs (Velazco pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Velazco, P., Pacheco, V. Aguirre, L. & Mantilla, H.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Vulnerable in light of an ongoing population reduction and small geographic range. The species extent of occurrence if <20,000 km², it occurs is less than 10 locations and is declining due to habitat less.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in western Peru (Simmons, 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1000
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Population [top]

Population: Expected to decline in response to human habitat disturbance. Known from ten collection points in Peru, the surrounding area has been surveyed adequately (Velazco pers. comm.). Considered 'critically endangered' in Peru (Velazco pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This bat is found from sea level to 1,000 m elevation in the semiarid areas of coastal northwestern Peru. The roosts are under granite boulders and caves. A single young has been found in pregnant females from May to September (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species occurs in only few caves which are being fumigated to control rabies (Velazco pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Protect the caves.

Citation: Velazco, P., Pacheco, V. Aguirre, L. & Mantilla, H. 2008. Tomopeas ravus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T21982A9343921. . Downloaded on 24 May 2016.
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