Saccopteryx leptura


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Saccopteryx leptura
Species Authority: (Schreber, 1774)
Common Name(s):
English Lesser Sac-winged Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Sampaio, E., Lim, B., & Peters, S.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern as it is widespread, tolerant of a range of habitats and has a presumed large population. It is unlikely to be declining fast enough to be included in any of the threat categories.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species extends from Chiapas and Tabasco (Mexico) to southeastern Brazil; Peru; northern Bolivia; Guianas; Margarita Island (Venezuela); Trinidad and Tobago (Simmons 2005). Not known to occur in Nicaragua's highlands (Medina pers. comm.).
Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: This bat is widespread (Emmons and Feer 1997) at elevations below 500 m. This species is relatively common.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in moist habitats and is strongly associated with multistratal evergreen forests (Eisenberg 1989). Roosting groups range from one to nine bats (Eisenberg 1989). S. leptura feed on small to tiny insects, including moths; they come out to forage during the last daylight and fly in beats, repeating the same path again and again (Emmons and Feer 1997). The species forages throughout the night. There is some shifting in the composition of the social group, males tend to defend individual females during breeding, when they exist as monogamous pairs (Bradbury and Vehrencamp, 1977). This species is an aerial insectivore that forages in background cluttered space. It is not too abundant in Belize (Miller pers. comm.). It has been also reported in Mexico in secondary forests, crop-lands and grasslands (de Grammont pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Forest loss through conversion to pasture. It probably is a rainforest generalist but the loss of forest is more specific to areas of northern Brazil.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Reduce habitat conversion. In Mexico it is listed as subject to special protection under NOM - 059 - SEMARNAT - 2001 (Arroyo-Cabrales pers. comm.).

Bibliography [top]

Bradbury, J. W. and Vehrencamp, S. L. 1977. Social organization and foraging in emballonurid bats. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2: 1 - 29.

Eisenberg, J.F. 1989. Mammals of the Neotropics. The Northern Neotropics. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA and London, UK.

Emmons, L.H. and Feer, F. 1997. Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide, Second edition. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, USA.

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: Sampaio, E., Lim, B., & Peters, S. 2008. Saccopteryx leptura. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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