Phyllonycteris aphylla


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Phyllonycteris aphylla
Species Authority: (Miller, 1898)
Common Name(s):
English Jamaican Flower Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dávalos, L. & Rodriguez, 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.
1996 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from Jamaica (Simmons, 2005).
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Population [top]

Population: It is uncommon to locally common, found in five caves (Genoways et al., 2005).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is colonial and roosts in caves, often together with other bats species. The only major colony contains a few hundred individuals. A female with one embryo was caught in January; and a pregnant female captured in June (Genoways et al., 2005). Its diet consists of fruit, pollen, nectar, and perhaps insects (Nowak, 1999); captive individuals thrived on a diet of bananas, mangoes, papayas, and various kinds of canned fruit nectars (Nowak, 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The only major colony contains a few hundred individuals and is considered vulnerable to human disturbance (Nowak, 1999).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Habitat conservation.

Bibliography [top]

Genoways, H. H., Baker, R. J., Bickham, J. W. and Phillips, C. J. 2005. Bats of Jamaica. Special Publications of the Museum of Texas Tech University 48: 1-155.

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

Nowak, R.M. 1999. Walker's Mammals of the World. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA and London, UK.

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: Dávalos, L. & Rodriguez, A. 2008. Phyllonycteris aphylla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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