Myotis nesopolus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Vespertilionidae

Scientific Name: Myotis nesopolus
Species Authority: Miller, 1900
Common Name(s):
English Curacao Myotis
Taxonomic Notes: Formerly called larensis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Velazco, P. & Soriano, P.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern since, although its extent of occurrence is relatively small, it is relatively common and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. However populations on Bonaire and Curaçao are threatened by habitat conversion due to tourism and development.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the northeast Venezuela, and Curaçao and Bonaire Islands (Netherlands Antilles) (Simmons, 2005). Maybe in Aruba. Found also in Northeast Colombia.
Countries occurrence:
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba; Colombia; Curaçao; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is common, however, it has a restricted range and confined.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This bat is strongly insectivorous, it especially feeds on small aerial insects (like flies or moths) that catch in open areas. It is generally found in small colonies (Linares, 1998).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threatened on islands by conversion to tourist resorts and general development.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Needs conservation attention on islands.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.6. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes
2. Land/water management -> 2.1. Site/area management
4. Education & awareness -> 4.3. Awareness & communications

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Residential & commercial development -> 1.3. Tourism & recreation areas
♦ timing: Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

6. Human intrusions & disturbance -> 6.1. Recreational activities
♦ timing: Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.2. Species disturbance

1. Research -> 1.6. Actions

Bibliography [top]

Linares, O.J. 1998. Mamíferos de Venezuela. Sociedad Conservacionista Audubon de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela.

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.

Citation: Velazco, P. & Soriano, P. 2008. Myotis nesopolus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T14184A4417212. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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