Chaerephon ansorgei 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Molossidae

Scientific Name: Chaerephon ansorgei (Thomas, 1913)
Common Name(s):
English Ansorge's Wrinkle-lipped Bat, Ansorge's Free-tailed Bat
French Molosse d'Afrique du Sud, Molosse d'Ansorge, Tadaride d'Ansorge
Chaerephon rhodesiae Roberts, 1946
Nyctinomus ansorgei Thomas, 1913
Tadarida ansorgei (Thomas, 1913)
Taxonomic Source(s): ACR. 2014. African Chiroptera Report 2014. African Bats, Pretoria. Available from

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-31
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A., Cotterill, F., Hutson, A.M., Mickleburgh, S. & Bergmans, W.
Reviewer(s): Piraccini, R.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it is likely to occur in a number of protected areas, 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 widely distributed bat has been recorded from much of sub-Saharan Africa. It ranges from northeastern Côte d'Ivoire in the west, through much of the northern part of West and Central Africa (north of the Congo basin), to Ethiopia and East Africa, from here southwards as far as northeastern South Africa. It has been recorded between 400 and 2,000 m Asl.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Benin; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Nigeria; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):400
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
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Population [top]

Population:It appears to be generally uncommon, although colonies may contain hundreds of bats.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is generally associated with dry woodland savanna. Roost sites include rock crevices, caves and abandoned mines. It has also been recorded roosting in the roofs of buildings and expansion joints in bridges.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species. In parts of West Africa, some populations may be threatened by overharvesting for subsistence food.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In view of the species wide range it is presumably present in many protected areas (including Comoe National Park, Côte d'Ivoire). No direct conservation measures are currently needed for this species as a whole.

Citation: Monadjem, A., Cotterill, F., Hutson, A.M., Mickleburgh, S. & Bergmans, W. 2017. Chaerephon ansorgei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T4306A22020564. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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