Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Phyllostomidae

Scientific Name: Micronycteris schmidtorum
Species Authority: Sanborn, 1935
Common Name(s):
English Schmidts's Big-eared Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Ascorra et al. (1991) reviewed schmidtorum but referred some specimens to this species that were subsequently re-identified as either sanborni (Simmons 1996) or brosseti (Simmons and Voss 1998).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because it is widely distributed, however, represented by low numbers locally. Unlikely to be declining at a rate which would qualify the species for inclusion in a threat category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Cozumel Island, Mexico; eastern Chiapas and southern Yucatan Peninsula, northern Guatemala, and Belize through Central America to Venezuela, northeastern Peru and Brazil. Lowlands only (Reid, 1997). Has not been recorded from either Suriname or Guyana. Also found in Northern Peru and Bolivia (Aguirre pers. comm.)
Countries occurrence:
Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is apparently rare and with a scattered distribution.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Poorly known. It is found in evergreen and deciduous lowland forest and forest edge. Small groups roost in hollow trees. Moths are includes in the diet (Howell and Burch, 1974).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation although this is not a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Forest retention. In Mexico is listed as threatened under NOM - 059 - SEMARNAT - 2001 (Arroyo-Cabrales pers. comm.).

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.5. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
suitability: Suitable  
1. Forest -> 1.6. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland
suitability: Suitable  

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Bibliography [top]

Ascorra, C. F., Wilson, D. E. and Gardner, A. L. 1991. Geographic distribution of Micronycteris schmidtorum Sanborn (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 104: 351-355.

Howell, D. J. and Burch, D. 1974. Food habits of some Costa Rican bats. Revista de Biologia Tropical 21: 281-294.

Reid, F. 1997. A field guide to the mammals of Central America and southeast Mexico. Oxford University Press, New York, USA.

Simmons, N. B. and Voss, R. S. 1998. The mammals of Paracou, French Guiana: A Neotropical lowland rainforest fauna. Part 1. Bats. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 237: 1-219.

Citation: Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S. 2008. Micronycteris schmidtorum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13383A3878811. . Downloaded on 05 October 2015.
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