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Tadarida major

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA MOLOSSIDAE

Scientific Name: Tadarida major
Species Authority: (Trouessart, 1897)
Common Name/s:
English Lappet-eared Free-tailed Bat
Synonym/s:
Chaerephon major (Trouessart, 1897)

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)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: this lowland species is found throughout much of West Africa (including Senegal, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Burkina, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger, and Nigeria), as well as a narrow distribution following the Nile from northern Sudan to Uganda. A second population is known from the east of Lake Victoria in eastern Uganda, western Kenya, and north-western Tanzania. A third, apparently disjunct, population in present in southeastern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania.
The records from Liberia should be re-examined as they may represent a different species, while the record from Malawi is doubtful (J. Fahr pers. comm. 2004).
Countries:
Native:
Benin; Burkina Faso; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Kenya; Liberia; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: This is a relatively common species, found in fairly small colonies.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This high flying bat is associated with savanna habitats. It ranges from the humid savanna, through to the Sahel. It is tree roosting, although not exclusively so, also being found in rock crevices, cracks, fissures and houses. Roosts are often very close to the ground.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. Some populations are threatened by general habitat loss and disturbance of old buildings.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has a wide range, and likely occurs in some protected areas, although this needs to be confirmed. 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. Tadarida major. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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