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Peropteryx trinitatis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA EMBALLONURIDAE

Scientific Name: Peropteryx trinitatis
Species Authority: Miller, 1899
Common Name(s):
English Trinidad Dog-like Bat
Taxonomic Notes: This species has been previously confused with Peropteryx macrotis (Simmons and Voss, 1998).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient 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)
Justification:
This species is listed as Data Deficient in view of a lack of information on biology, ecology and population status of this species, there are also continuing uncertainties about its distribution.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Trinidad and Tobago; Aruba Isl. (Netherlands Antilles); Grenada; Venezuela; Margarita Isl. (Venezuela); French Guiana (Simmons 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Aruba; French Guiana; Grenada; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: This species is poorly known and considered by Emmons and Feer (1997) to be rare everywhere in its geographic range. However, this species may be confused with P. macrotis and so may be less rare than previously thought. It can be common, for example in caves in Venezuela. (Lim pers. comm.) As na aerial insectivore, it may be underrepresented in mistnet sampling, but can be more easily captured at roost sites.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Very little is known on the natural history of this species. Roosts are in hollow trees and in hollow rotten logs on the ground (Eisenberg 1989) or under overhanging banks (Emmons and Feer 1997). Also found in caves in the Llanos in Venezuela (Lim pers. comm.). This is an aerial insectivore of background cluttered space. Distributional limits are still poorly known (Lim pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Need surveys to confirm distribution of the species. Need to review museum specimens of P. macrotis to confirm whether or not actually correspond to this species.

Bibliography [top]

Eisenberg, J.F. 1989. Mammals of the Neotropics. The Northern Neotropics. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA and London, UK.

Emmons, L.H. and Feer, F. 1997. Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide, Second edition. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, USA.

Simmons, N. B. 2005. Order Chiroptera. In: D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World, pp. 312-529. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 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. Peropteryx trinitatis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 November 2014.
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