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Diclidurus scutatus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA EMBALLONURIDAE

Scientific Name: Diclidurus scutatus
Species Authority: Peters, 1869
Common Name(s):
English Lesser Ghost Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern because, although it is relatively widely distributed although known only from few specimens and are unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for inclusion in any of the threat categories in the near future.
History:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed in the Amazonia portions of Peru (Pacheco et al. 1995), Brazil (Fonseca et al. 1996), adjacent Venezuela (Linares 1998), Guianas and Surinam (Lim and Engstron 2005). Many specimens have been taken below 200 m elevation (Eisenberg 1989) and upper elevation limit is below 1,000 m in Venezuela (Handley 1976).
Countries:
Native:
Brazil; Colombia; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: The high roosting and flying behaviour of these bats makes detecting them extremely difficult, and it is not possible to say whether they are common or rare (Emmons and Feer 1997).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Ecology is little known. These bats fly high in open space, such as above rivers, streams, and lagoons, and above the forest canopy. They are attracted to concentrations of insects around high floodlights and are among the many species swooping around such lights, even in towns (Emmons and Feer 1997). They are associated with wet habitats and multistratal evergreen forest (Eisenberg 1989). Their roosts are not well known; perhaps they are found in or between the leaves of palm trees (Emmons and Feer 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation is a localised threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Forest retention.

Citation: Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S. 2008. Diclidurus scutatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 August 2014.
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