Phyllops falcatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Phyllops falcatus
Species Authority: (Gray, 1839)
Common Name(s):
English Cuban Fig-eating Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Includes haitiensis; see 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): Mancina, C., Dávalos, L. & Incháustegui, S
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because, despite its extent of occurrence, does not appear to be in decline.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from Cuba; Hispaniola; as fossil, Isle of Pines (Cuba) (Simmons, 2005). Recently was recorded in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac (A. L. Band pers. comm.).
Cayman Islands; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Haiti
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Population [top]

Population: It is rare (Silva-Taboada, 1979). Solitary or scarce gregrarious (Mancina pers. comm.)
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This bat roosts in trees in small groups of no more than five individuals. It feeds on the fruit of wild native fig trees, dropping seeds across the forests and clearings (Silva-Taboada, 1979).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research actions, found in protected areas.

Bibliography [top]

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

Silva-Taboada, G. 1979. Los murcielagos de Cuba. Editorial Academia.

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: Mancina, C., Dávalos, L. & Incháustegui, S 2008. Phyllops falcatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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