Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Phyllostomidae

Scientific Name: Vampyressa melissa
Species Authority: Thomas, 1926
Common Name(s):
English Melissa's Yellow-eared Bat
Taxonomic Notes: V. melissa will be split into different species in the near future. This may be a species complex (Tavares pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A3c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Tavares, V., Velazco, P. & Aguirre, L.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because of a population decline, estimated to be >30% over the last 10 years, inferred from rapid land-use change, shrinkage in distribution, and increasing habitat destruction and degradation. This species is naturally rare and very sensitive to habitat change. Habitat is rapidly being converted to agriculture and illicit crops - a trend projected to increase in the near and distant future.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Peru, south Colombia (Simmons, 2005), and Ecuador. A record from French Guiana is erroneous (Charles-Dominique et al., 2001, Tavares pers. comm.). The species is restricted to a relatively small areas.
Countries occurrence:
Colombia; Ecuador; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: This species is very rare and known from few records (Tavares pers. comm.). Known from approximately 20 records.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This Little is known of the behavior of this species, but it is probably similar to other members of the genus. This species has only been collected in primary forest and in areas which are conserved.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Rapid deforestation in the western portion of its range (along the flanks of the Andes) is a serious threat to the species, as is fumigation, road construction and encroachment of human settlements along these new roads. Land-use change is projected to increase in the near and distant future and will be an increasing threat to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in protected areas in Ecuador (although only known from 3 records in the country) and elsewhere.

Citation: Tavares, V., Velazco, P. & Aguirre, L. 2008. Vampyressa melissa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T22839A9394702. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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