Natalus stramineus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Natalus stramineus
Species Authority: Gray, 1838
Common Name(s):
English Mexican Funnel-eared Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Does not include N. espiritosantensis, N. jamaicensis, N. major and N. primus - those are all treated as distinct species. Arroyo-Cabrales et al. (1997) reviewed genetic variation and possible relationships of populations of major and stramineus (Simmons 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dávalos, L. & Tejedor, A.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its abundance within its restricted distribution, 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: Islands of Lesser Antilles north of St Lucia Chanel: Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Marie Galante, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Saba, and Sait Maarten (skeletal remains only) (Tejedor 2006).
Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Dominica; Guadeloupe; Martinique; Montserrat; Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Population [top]

Population: Locally common in at least four islands (L. Davalos pers. comm.)
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Only found in dark humid caves. Usually in the most remote portions of the cave system. Often capured in xerophitic habitats among dry forest scrub (Pedersen 2005). Ocurs from sea level to middle elevation.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Cave issues (mining and tourism), hurricanes, volcanic eruptions.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Protect the caves.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: (Accessed: 5 October 2008).

Pedersen, S. 2005. Bathead. “Short Guide to the Bats of the Northern Lesser Antilles”. Available at:

Tejedor, A. 2006. The type locality of Natalus stramineus (Chiroptera: Natalidae): implications for the taxonomy and biogeography of the genus Natalus. Acta Chiropterologica 8(2): 361-380.

Citation: Dávalos, L. & Tejedor, A. 2008. Natalus stramineus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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