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Epomophorus gambianus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA PTEROPODIDAE

Scientific Name: Epomophorus gambianus
Species Authority: (Ogilby, 1835)
Common Name(s):
English Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bat
Synonym(s):
Epomophorus gambianus Trouessart, 1904 subspecies pousarguesi

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Mickelburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Bergmans, W.
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 widespread African bat ranges from Senegal in the west, through much of West Africa and parts of Central Africa, to Ethiopia in the east. It does not appear to be present to the south of northern Democratic Republic of the Congo or Ethiopia. It is typically a lowland species occurring below 500 m asl, however, the Ethiopian populations may be found up to 2,000 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Mali; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Sudan; Togo
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Population [top]

Population: This species is generally common throughout the woodlands and savannas of western Africa. Animals are often found in loose colonies of up to 100 bats.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This adaptable species is present in a variety of tropical moist and dry forest, savanna, bushland and mosaic habitats, and has additionally been reported from mangroves and swamp forests. It is able to persist in areas of partially degraded forest. Roosting usually takes place as individuals or small groups in dense vegetation (Happold 1987).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species as a whole. In parts of its range it is locally threatened by overhunting for food and habitat loss through logging and conversion of land to agricultural use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In view of the species wide range, it is presumably present in many protected areas.

Citation: Mickelburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Bergmans, W. 2008. Epomophorus gambianus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 October 2014.
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