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Aethalops alecto

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA PTEROPODIDAE

Scientific Name: Aethalops alecto
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1923)
Common Name/s:
English Pygmy Fruit Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Does not include aequalis (Kitchener et al. 1993) which is here considered a full species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Hutson, A.M., Francis, C., Helgen, K. & Kingston, T.
Reviewer/s: Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority), Chanson, J. & Chiozza, F. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern as the species has a wide distribution, it is presumed to have a large population, and its populations are unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
History:
1994 Indeterminate (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has been recorded from Peninsular Malaysia, central Borneo (in Indonesian and Malaysian Borneo), Sumatra, Java (Mt. Gede), Bali, and Lombok in Indonesia. It has not yet been found in southern Thailand (S. Bumrungsri pers. comm.).
Countries:
Native:
Indonesia; Malaysia; Singapore
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Population [top]

Population: This species is widespread but uncommon.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in hill and montane forests (probably restricted to forest) from 1,000 m up to 2,700 m asl. In Eastern Malaysia the species is found up to 1,700 m. It roosts singly or in small groups of 2-3. A single female collected on Lombok had a large foetus. In the Malay Peninsula, pregnant females were reported from February and May and February to June. It is not known whether it can adapt to human disturbance.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation for agriculture, plantations and logging is a major threat in lowland areas, as is coal mining in central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in protected areas within its range. There is a current campaign to protect habitats in central Borneo, especially the key watersheds.
Citation: Hutson, A.M., Francis, C., Helgen, K. & Kingston, T. 2008. Aethalops alecto. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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