Tadarida solomonis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Tadarida solomonis
Species Authority: Troughton, 1931
Common Name(s):
English Solomons Free-tailed Bat
Chaerephon solomonis (Troughton, 1931)
Taxonomic Notes: Often included in C. jobensis (e.g., Felten 1964, Koopman 1993), but others treat it as a distinct species (e.g., Flannery 1995, Simmons 2005).

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): Hamilton, S.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team), Racey, P.A., Medellín, R. & Hutson, A.M. (Chiroptera Red List Authority)
Listed as Least Concern because, although its extent of occurrence is mapped as less than 20,000 km2, it is common and future surveys will probably record this species from additional islands in the Solomons. Furthermore, this species is presumed to have a large population, and is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This little-known species is endemic to the Solomon Islands where it has been recorded on the islands of Choiseul and Santa Isabel (Flannery 1995).
Solomon Islands
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Population [top]

Population: There is no recent information about the population size of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Troughton (1931) described the type locality (Mufa Point on Santa Isabel) as being caves opening out to cliffs over ocean (Troughton 1931, as referenced in Flannery 1995).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: A significant population has been recorded at the Mufu Point caves on Santa Isabel. A suitable conservation measure may be the protection of this site, and other known roosting sites.

Citation: Hamilton, S. 2008. Tadarida solomonis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 22 October 2014.
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