Chaerephon bemmeleni 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Molossidae

Scientific Name: Chaerephon bemmeleni (Jentink, 1879)
Common Name(s):
English Gland-tailed Wrinkle-lipped Bat, Gland-tailed Free-tailed Bat, Van Bemmelen's Wrinkle-lipped Bat
French Molosse à glandes caudales, Tadaride à glande caudale
Nyctinomus bemmeleni Jentink, 1879
Tadarida bemmeleni (Jentink, 1879)
Taxonomic Source(s): ACR. 2014. African Chiroptera Report 2014. African Bats, Pretoria. Available from
Taxonomic Notes: This may be a complex of two distinct species, one in the east of the range and one in the west. Further taxonomic studies are needed to resolve this.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-31
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A., Fahr, J., Bergmans, W., Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Cotterill, F.
Reviewer(s): Piraccini, R.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs 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 African species is widely distributed from Sierra Leone in the west, then patchily through West and Central Africa to southern Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania in the east. It has been recorded up to 1,700 m Asl on Mount Nimba along the border of Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea (J. Fahr pers. comm. 2004).
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Guinea; Kenya; Liberia; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1700
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Population [top]

Population:The abundance of this species is unclear, in parts of the range it seems to be a rare species that is found in small colonies consisting of a few individuals. In East African this species exhibits a clumped distribution, yet is relatively
abundant locally (Weballa et al. 2004).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:In the west of its range it is associated with montane tropical moist forest. The eastern populations are generally found in savanna and grassland savanna, Acacia, Combretum and Acacia–Commiphora communities. Roost in rocks, rock caves and fissures (Freeman 1981).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is threatened by habitat loss, largely through logging activities and the conversion of land to agricultural use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in Meru National Park, Kenya, and is presumably present in several more protected areas. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy, natural history, threats and distribution of this species.

Citation: Monadjem, A., Fahr, J., Bergmans, W., Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Cotterill, F. 2017. Chaerephon bemmeleni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T4307A22020379. . Downloaded on 23 April 2018.
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