Monophyllus plethodon


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Monophyllus plethodon
Species Authority: Miller, 1900
Common Name(s):
English Insular Single-leaf Bat, Insular Single Leaf Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Includes luciae and frater; see Schwartz and Jones (1967), Hall (1981), and Timm and Genoways (2003).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Rodriguez, A. & Dávalos, L.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because its presumed large population, and because its habitat is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from Lesser Antilles from Anguilla to St. Vincent and Barbados. There are fossils records from Puerto Rico (Simmons, 2005). It is known from sea level to 550 m (Schwartz and Jones, 1967). It is not found in Puerto Rico (Rodriguez-Herrera pers. comm.).
Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Dominica; Guadeloupe; Martinique; Montserrat; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Possibly extinct:
Puerto Rico
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on population.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has been collected in a variety of situations. The area where it occurs was described as a steep and wooded ravine near sugar cane fields; also it was trapped in banana groves, across a trail that separated wood-lands from a Theobroma grove, and in dense rainforest. It roosts in caves. Females taken on Dominica between March and April were gravid (Homan and Jones, 1975).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Mining and tourism in the caves.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Fond in protected areas.

Bibliography [top]

Hall, E.R. 1981. The Mammals of North America. John Wiley and Sons, New York, USA.

Homan, J. and Jones Jr., J. K. 1975. Monophyllus plethodon. Mammalian Species 58: 1-2.

Schwartz, A. and Jones Jr., J. R. 1967. Bredin-Archbold-Smithsonian Biological Survey of Dominica. 7. Review of bats of the endemic Antillean genus Monophyllus. Proceedings of the US Naturalist Museum 124(3635): 1-20.

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.

Timm, R. M. and Genoways, H. H. 2003. West Indian mammals from the Albert Schwartz Collection: Biological and historical information. Scientific Papers of the University of Kansas Natural History Museum 29: 1-47.

Citation: Rodriguez, A. & Dávalos, L. 2008. Monophyllus plethodon. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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