Tadarida chapini


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Tadarida chapini
Species Authority: (J.A. Allen, 1917)
Common Name(s):
English Chapin's Free-tailed Bat
Chaerephon chapini J.A. Allen, 1917
Chaerephon lancasteri Hayman, 1938
Chaerephon shortridgei Thomas, 1926
Tadarida shortridgei Thomas, 1926
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Happold and Cotterill (in press) by including shortridgei in Tadarida chapini.

The genus Chaerephon is here retained in Tadarida following the continental-level classification adopted by Happold and Happold (in press).

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 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.
2004 Data Deficient
1996 Lower Risk/near threatened (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has been widely recorded over much of sub-Saharan Africa. It has been collected from Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana in West Africa, southern Sudan, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, ranging south into southern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Congo, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Namibia; South Sudan; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: In general there is little information on the abundance of this species over its range. It can be common in northwestern Zimbabwe, but it is not regularly recorded. The species is found in small colonies, with a single observation of a small group of breeding females.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has been recorded from savanna habitats and river valleys. It appears to be associated with intact woodland that is occasionally disturbed (e.g.. Mopane damaged by elephants).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this widespread species as a whole. It may be threatened in parts of its range through habitat loss and degradation (e.g.. in northern Zimbabwe and parts of Zambia)

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from Kruger National Park in South Africa, and from Mole National Park in Ghana and Comoe in Present in Kruger National Park, South Africa. (J. Fahr pers. comm. 2004).

Citation: Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Cotterill, F.P.D. 2008. Tadarida chapini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 22 October 2014.
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