Chiroderma salvini


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chiroderma salvini
Species Authority: Dobson, 1878
Common Name(s):
English Salvin's Big-eyed Bat
Taxonomic Notes: No taxonomic problems known though they are quite variable.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Aguirre, L., Mantilla, H., Miller, B. & Dávalos, L.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. However this species is sensitive to habitat destruction and may require conservation attention within portions of its range.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs throughout Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela north to Michoacan, Hidalgo, and Chihuahua (Mexico) (Simmons 2005). Occurs in Nicaragua (Medina et al. in press).
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is apparently uncommon to locally common (Emmons and Feer, 1997; Reid, 1997).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This bat is poorly known, ecologically and taxonomically. It is found in semi-deciduous and evergreen forest and forest openings; also near streams in dry areas and in savannas. It probably travels in the canopy or sub-canopy, as it is seldom caught in a nest at the understory level. It feeds on fruits, especially figs. It prefers moist habitats and evergreen tropical forests, as well as open areas (Emmons and Feer, 1997; Handley, 1976; Reid, 1997). In Costa Rica and Panama it has been captured over the forest canopy (Mantilla pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in protected areas. Needs further research. Not very common in protected areas in Guatemala.

Citation: Aguirre, L., Mantilla, H., Miller, B. & Dávalos, L. 2008. Chiroderma salvini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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