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Artibeus lituratus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA PHYLLOSTOMIDAE

Scientific Name: Artibeus lituratus
Species Authority: (Olfers, 1818)
Common Name/s:
English Great Fruit-eating Bat
Synonym/s:
Artibeus intermedius Allen, 1897
Taxonomic Notes: Subgenus Artibeus. Includes palmarum. Includes intermedius. It is not appropriate to treat intermedius as a subspecies of lituratus because it supposedly co-occurs with other populations of lituratus (referred to palmarum, which has priority) at several Central American localities. Because there are no characters that unambiguously separate palmarum and intermedius, it seems most likely that intermedius simply represents individuals of palmarum that fall at the lower end of the normal range of size variation. Accordingly, intermediusis treated as a junior synonym of A. lituratus palmarum (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)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
History:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas (Mexico) south to Southern Brazil, Northern Argentina, and Bolivia; Trinidad and Tobago; Southern Lesser Antilles; Trés Marías Isls (Simmons 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Argentina; Barbados; Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Grenada; Guatemala; Honduras; Martinique; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Abundant.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in forests and natural areas. Good seed disperser (Barquez et al. 1999)
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation, but not a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Avoid deforestation. Found in protected areas.

Bibliography [top]

Barquez, R. M. 1999. The Bats of Argentina (Special Publications (Texas Tech University Museum)). Museum of Texas Tech University.

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. Artibeus lituratus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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