Cardioderma cor 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Megadermatidae

Scientific Name: Cardioderma cor (Peters, 1872)
Common Name(s):
English Heart-nosed Bat, African False Vampire Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-31
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A., Bergmans, W., Mickleburgh, S. & Hutson, A.M.
Reviewer(s): Piraccini, R.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This East African species is distributed from north-east Sudan (near the Red Sea) south to central Tanzania. The distribution extends from the border area of Uganda and Sudan in the west, to east Somalia (near the tip of the Horn of Africa) in the east. Highest altitudinal record is 940 m Asl (Csada 1996).
Countries occurrence:
Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Somalia; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):940
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Population [top]

Population:Although there is little overall information on the abundance of this species, up to 81 bats have been found roosting in a hollow baobab tree (Vaughn 1976).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Animals have typically been recorded from lowland savanna, shrubland, and the coastal strip, and in some instances may be observed in river valleys (Varty and Hill 1988; Csada 1996). It roosts alone, or in small numbers, in caves, hollow trees and abandoned buildings (Kingdon 1974; Vaughn 1976; Ryan and Tuttle 1987; Csada 1996; Pearch et al. 2001).
Generation Length (years):5.4

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species, however, further studies are needed into the impact of disturbance on roosting sites.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has been recorded from protected areas in Kenya (e.g. Tsavo West National Park [Vaughn 1976; Aggundey and Schlitter 1984]) and is likely to be present in protected areas in some other East African countries. Additional studies are needed into the impact of disturbance on this species.

Citation: Monadjem, A., Bergmans, W., Mickleburgh, S. & Hutson, A.M. 2017. Cardioderma cor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T3859A22136371. . Downloaded on 21 April 2018.
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