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Epomops buettikoferi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA PTEROPODIDAE

Scientific Name: Epomops buettikoferi
Species Authority: (Matschie, 1899)
Common Name(s):
English Buettikofer's Epauletted Fruit Bat

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. & Fahr, J.
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, it occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
History:
2004 Least Concern
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Vulnerable (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This lowland West African bat ranges from Senegal and Guinea-Bissau in the west, to central Nigeria in the east.
Countries:
Native:
Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone
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Population [top]

Population: It appears to remain common in many areas, with the exception of Nigeria, but populations may be declining in areas of ongoing deforestation.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is largely known from the wetter and drier types of the Guineo-Congolian lowland tropical moist forests of the western Upper Guinea forest block and the adjoining mosaic of lowland tropical moist forest and secondary grassland, with some possibly isolated occurrences in the eastern Upper Guinea region (the Nigerian localities) (Bergmans 1989). In the Mount Nimba area species was caught mostly in areas of secondary bush or cultivated land, in preference to primary forest; it was rarely caught within closed forest, but did occur in the fringes (Wolton et al.1982). Populations have also been recorded from swamp forest and mangroves. Animals are typically found singly or in small groups.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is possible that there are no major threats to this species. Populations might be threatened by deforestation in parts of the species range, however, the extent to which it depends on forest cover is unclear.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from a number of protected areas in West Africa (Mickleburgh et al. 1992). Further studies are needed into the dependence of this species on forested areas.

Citation: Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Fahr, J. 2008. Epomops buettikoferi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 December 2014.
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