Myotis nigricans


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Myotis nigricans
Species Authority: (Schinz, 1821)
Common Name(s):
English Black Myotis
Taxonomic Notes: Apparently closely related to levis. More than one species may be represented in this complex (Simmons 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Barquez, R., Perez, S., Miller, B. & Diaz, M.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Nayarit and Tamaulipas (Mexico) to Peru, Bolivia, Northern Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil; Trinidad and Tobago; St. Martin, Montserrat, Grenada (Lesser Antilles) (Simmons 2005).
Argentina; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Grenada; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Montserrat; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Trinidad and Tobago
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Population [top]

Population: Abundant and widespread.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Insectivorous. Low, middle, and higher elevation forests, gardens, agricultural areas; nocturnal; flies in more open areas, along trails, streams, etc.; roosts in trees, rock crevices, buildings.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Needs taxonomic revision. Occurs in several protected areas. The northern population in Mexico needs protection - subspecies (Arroyo-Cabrales pers. comm.)

Bibliography [top]

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: Barquez, R., Perez, S., Miller, B. & Diaz, M. 2008. Myotis nigricans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 27 August 2015.
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