Chaerephon ansorgei


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chaerephon ansorgei
Species Authority: (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)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Cotterill, F.P.D.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
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.
2004 Least Concern

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.
Angola (Angola); Cameroon; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It appears to be generally uncommon, although colonies may contain hundreds of bats.
Population Trend: Stable

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.
Systems: Terrestrial

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 t 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: Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Cotterill, F.P.D. 2008. Chaerephon ansorgei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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