Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Phyllostomidae

Scientific Name: Carollia castanea
Species Authority: H. Allen, 1890
Common Name(s):
English Chestnut Short-tailed Bat
Taxonomic Notes: A species complex may be at least two species (Mantilla pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Mantilla, H. & Solari, 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 view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is likely to have a stable population.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs throughout Honduras to Peru, Bolivia, western Brazil, Venezuela, Guianas, and Suriname (Simmons, 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is abundant to common in second growth woodland, clearings, and plantations; less common in mature forest (Emmons and Feer, 1997; Reid, 1997). Is easily caught during sampling in appropriate areas (Davalos pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Within the genus Carollia, this species is the most specialized in fruits of Piper (Thies and Kalko 2004). It forages near moist areas, being taken most frequently in tropical evergreen forests. It uses the understory vegetation levels, where it concentrates its feeding on the fruits of shrubs and treelets, especially the slender green, candle like fruits of plants of the genus Piper. Because of its high numbers, this bat is one of the most important seed dispersers for Piper and many other plants with small fruits. In Panama, birth peaks occur in March to April and July to August (Eisenberg, 1989; Emmons and Feer, 1997; Wilson, 1979). Thies et al. (2006) report that the activity of this species is not affected by moonlight conditions, and that only strong rain reduces the time it spends flying. Thies et al. (in press) estimated a home range size of 13.8 +- 12.1 ha for this species in Panama, and suggested that its foraging patterns may increase the chance of seeds to find safe sites for germination.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in protected areas throughout its range.

Citation: Mantilla, H. & Solari, S., Miller, B., Reid, F., Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Carollia castanea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T3904A10164041. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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