Taphozous perforatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Taphozous perforatus
Species Authority: É. Geoffroy, 1818
Common Name(s):
English Egyptian Tomb Bat, Geoffroy's Tomb Bat, African Taphozous, Perforated Taphozous bat, Tomb Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Simmons (2005) recognized three subspecies: Taphozous perforatus haedinus Thomas, 1916; T. p. sudani Thomas, 1915; and T. p. senegalensis Desmarest, 1820.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Kock, D., Sami Amr, Z., Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Molur, S.
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.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The Egyptian tomb bat occurs widely throughout northern and sub-Saharan Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and Asia, east to the Indian Subcontinent. In sub-Saharan Africa, records extend along the Nile and east to Ethiopia and northern Somalia, and west to Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, and northern Nigeria, and south to Kenya (including Lamu island), Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. In southwest Asia, it has been recorded from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman. In South Asia, this species is presently known to be widely distributed from southern Pakistan (Roberts 1997) and western India (Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan) (Bates and Harrison 1997, Molur et al. 2002) and recently reported from central Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh (Chakraborty et al. 2004). It has been recorded up to 200 m.
Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Djibouti; Egypt; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea-Bissau; India; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Israel; Kenya; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; Oman; Pakistan; Saudi Arabia; Senegal; Somalia; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Yemen; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It is common in parts of its African range, but is less common elsewhere. It is found in small colonies (between six to eight individuals) in the southern African subregion (Skinner and Chimimba 2005). In South Asia the abundance, population size and trends for this species are not known, and the species has only been recorded from a few localities (Bates and Harrison 1997).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is associated throughout its range with open woodland, avoiding forest, semi-desert and desert areas. It tends to be found along rivers in wooded savanna. It requires the shelter of rocks or stone buildings in which to roost during the day (Skinner and Chimimba 2005). In the Arabian Peninsula animals have been recorded roosting in castles, forts, deep caverns and sea caves, with animals foraging among palm groves and gardens (Harrison and Bates, 1991). In South Asia this species is found in arid climes and prefers tropical thorn forests. It roosts in small to large colonies ranging from a few individuals to thousands of individuals in caves, darker areas of old forts, mosques, large old wells, artificial tunnels, old disused buildings, and shares its roost with Rhinopoma spp. It feeds on moths and beetles (Bates and Harrison 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Human disturbance has been highlighted as a threat to the Egyptian tomb bat, but overall it is unlikely that this species is significantly threatened across its very wide range. In South Asia it is threatened by clearing of thorn forests for agricultural purposes, from mining and stone quarrying. Roost disturbance due to human interference and development of old buildings for tourism purposes is also considered serious threats (C. Srinivasulu pers. comm., Molur et al. 2002).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in many protected areas, and no direct conservation measures are currently needed for the species as a whole. The species has not been recorded from any protected areas in Pakistan or India. Being a poorly understood species in the region, more studies on distribution, abundance, reproduction and ecology are recommended (Molur et al. 2002).

Bibliography [top]

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Citation: Kock, D., Sami Amr, Z., Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Molur, S. 2008. Taphozous perforatus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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