Epomophorus labiatus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Pteropodidae

Scientific Name: Epomophorus labiatus
Species Authority: (Temminck, 1837)
Common Name(s):
English Ethiopian Epauletted Fruit Bat
Epomophorus minor Dobson, 1879
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Happold and Happold (in press) by including Epomophorus minor within E. labiatus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Bergmans, W.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
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
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is largely distributed in Central Africa and East Africa. It appears to range from northern Nigeria and Cameroon, into Chad, southern and central Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, and from here south into eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania (including the island of Zanzibar), being recorded as far south as Malawi, northern Mozambique and northern Zambia. There is one isolated record from coastal Congo, although the presence of the species in this country, and also in Chad and Nigeria, needs to be confirmed. It has been recorded from lowland sites up to elevations of over 2,000 m asl (2,200 asl at Gondar, Ethiopia).
Countries occurrence:
Burundi; Cameroon; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2200
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Population [top]

Population: This is a common species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is regularly recorded from woodland (including miombo woodland), savanna, bushland, arid or semi-desert grassland habitats and mosaics of these general habitat types. It East African coastal areas it has been recorded from mangroves. It has been found resting together in small groups of about a dozen animals.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole. Some populations may be threatened by overharvesting for subsistence food.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from many protected areas. No direct conservation measures are currently needed for the species as a whole. Additional research is needed into the impact of possible overharvesting of animals on some populations.

Citation: Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Bergmans, W. 2008. Epomophorus labiatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T7904A12864538. . Downloaded on 29 May 2016.
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