Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Pteropodidae

Scientific Name: Epomops franqueti
Species Authority: (Tomes, 1860)
Common Name(s):
English Franquet'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. & Juste. J.
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 widespread species is present in much of West Africa and Central Africa, with some records from East Africa. It ranges from Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana in the west, to Cameroon, and then through Central Africa to southern Sudan, Rwanda and Uganda in the east. It has been recorded as far south as northern Angola, southern Democratic Republic of the Congo and northeastern Zambia.
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Benin; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Ghana; Nigeria; Rwanda; South Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zambia
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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 associated with lowland tropical moist forest, where it has been recorded in both primary and secondary habitat. Populations are also present in the mosaic habitats of tropical moist forest with woodland and grassland (Bergmans 1989). It is an adaptable species that can be found in disturbed areas, seemingly being only absent from heavily degraded or urban areas. The species roosts as small groups, often close to water (Brosset 1966; Jones 1972).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in many protected areas. No direct conservation measures are currently needed for this adaptable species as a whole.

Citation: Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W., Fahr, J. & Juste. J. 2008. Epomops franqueti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T7909A12865910. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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