Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Vespertilionidae

Scientific Name: Eptesicus tatei
Species Authority: Ellerman & Morrison-Scott, 1951
Common Name(s):
English Sombre Bat
Nycticeius atratus Blyth, 1863 [not Kolenati, 1858]
Taxonomic Notes: This taxon belongs to the nilssonii species group. This taxon was considered incertae cedis by Tate (1942) and Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1951) proposed it as nomen novum. This species is known only from three specimens from the type locality (Blyth 1863, Agrawal et al. 1992) of which only two are present in the Zoological Survey of India (Das 2003) (Srinivasulu et al. in press).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Molur, S. & Srinivasulu, C.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, ecological requirements, threats and conservation status.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)
2000 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to India. It is presently known only from the type locality of Darjeeling in West Bengal. A single location record hence area and extent are unknown (Molur et al. 2002).
Countries occurrence:
India (Darjiling)
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Population [top]

Population: The abundance, population size and trends for this species are not known (Molur et al. 2002).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Little is known about the habitat or ecology of this species except that it is reported from montane forests (Molur et al. 2002, Das 2003).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species remain unknown (Molur et al. 2002).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place. This species has not been recorded from any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, abundance, reproduction and ecology of this species. Populations should be located and monitored to record changes in abundance and distribution (Molur et al. 2002).

Citation: Molur, S. & Srinivasulu, C. 2008. Eptesicus tatei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T7942A12873419. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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