Chaerephon chapini


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chaerephon chapini
Species Authority: J.A. Allen, 1917
Common Name(s):
English Long-crested Free-tailed Bat, Long-crested Gland-tailed Bat, Crested Free-tail Bat, Crested Wrinkle-lipped Bat, Chapin's Free-tailed Bat, Chapin's Wrinkle-lipped Bat, Long-crested Wrinkle-lipped Bat, Pale Free-tailed Bat
French Molosse à crinière, Molosse pâle, Tadaride de Chapin
Chaerephon lancasteri Hayman, 1938
Chaerephon shortridgei Thomas, 1926
Tadarida chapini (J.A. Allen, 1917)
Tadarida shortridgei (Thomas, 1926)
Taxonomic Notes: We follow the African Chiroptera Report (ACR 2014) by including Chaerephon shortridgei in C. chapini.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2008-07-01
Assessor(s): Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Cotterill, F.P.D.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. & Cox, N.A.
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.
2008 Least Concern
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. 2014. Chaerephon chapini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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