Vampyressa nymphaea


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Vampyressa nymphaea
Species Authority: Thomas, 1909
Common Name(s):
English Striped Yellow-eared Bat
Taxonomic Notes: This is a species complex which contains at least two species (Tavares pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Tavares, V., Muñoz, A., Rodriguez, B. & Arroyo-Cabrales, J.
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 distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in protected areas, 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: This species occurs from west Ecuador to Nicaragua. A record from southeast Peru is misidentified (Tavares found no records for Peru - pers. comm.).
Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; Nicaragua; Panama
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Population [top]

Population: It is uncommon (Reid, 1997). Populations seem to be highly localized - it is known from relatively few locations but where present is common. It may be locally common in Costa Rica and Nicaragua (Medina, Pineda and Rodrguez-Herrera pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This bat is usually found in mature evergreen forest (Reid, 1997). Its natural history is poorly known. Roosts in modified leaves (Rodriguez-Herrea pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Rapidly degrading habitat, particularly in the northern Choco of Colombia (mining and timber) and southern Colombia (illicit crops).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs primarily in mature protected forests. Found in protected areas.

Citation: Tavares, V., Muñoz, A., Rodriguez, B. & Arroyo-Cabrales, J. 2008. Vampyressa nymphaea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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