Mops leucostigma 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Molossidae

Scientific Name: Mops leucostigma (G.M. Allen, 1918)
Common Name(s):
English Malagasy White-bellied Free-tailed Bat, Madagascar White-bellied Free-tailed Bat,, White-shouldered Bat
French Tadaride à queue libre de Madagascar
Chaerephon leucostigma G.M. Allen, 1918
Tadarida leucostigma (G.M. Allen, 1918)
Taxonomic Source(s): ACR. 2014. African Chiroptera Report 2014. African Bats, Pretoria. Available from
Taxonomic Notes: This taxon was recognized as a full species by Peterson et al. (1995). It was included in the genus Tadarida following the continental classification of the Molossidae adopted by Happold and Happold (2013), and as listed by Eger and Mitchell (2003), but now it is treated under Mops by Goodman and Cardiff (2004) and Simmons (2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-31
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A., Razafimanahaka, J., Ranivo, J., Kofoky, A., Hutson, A.M., Cardiff, S.G., Andriafidison, D., Goodman, S., Jenkins, R.K.B., Racey, P.A. & Ratrimomanarivo, F.H.
Reviewer(s): Piraccini, R.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its large distribution range, and its ability both to tolerate persecution and to persist in a variety of habitats in many parts of its range.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from Madagascar, where it is found from the north to the south-west of the island (Eger and Mitchell 2003; Peterson et al. 1995) at an elevation span of 5 to 950 m Asl (Eger and Mitchell 2003). It also occurs on two islands, Mohéli and Anjouan, on the Comorian archipelago (F. Ratrimomanarivo pers. comm.)
Countries occurrence:
Present - origin uncertain:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):5
Upper elevation limit (metres):950
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Population [top]

Population:The population and local abundance of this species are not known.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Most of the recorded roosts of this species are in buildings, but it has also been recorded from some caves and a hollow baobab tree (Goodman and Cardiff 2004; Andriafidison et al. 2006). It is frequently associated with buildings near dry deciduous forest and although it does not require intact forest to survive (Goodman et al. 2005) it is occasionally netted inside forest habitats (Goodman and Cardiff 2004). In the east of Madagascar, it is known to feed on coleopterans and hemipterans (Andrianaivoarivelo et al. 2006).
Generation Length (years):3.9

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In some areas it is hunted for food (Goodman et al. 2008) or persecuted, but these are not thought to be serious threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is known from Kirindy CFPF and Parc National de Zombitse-Vohibasia (Goodman et al. 2005). It is also common in villages adjacent to several protected areas (Goodman et al. 2005; Russ et al. 2003).

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.5. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
1. Forest -> 1.6. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland
7. Caves and Subterranean Habitats (non-aquatic) -> 7.2. Caves and Subterranean Habitats (non-aquatic) - Other Subterranean Habitats
14. Artificial/Terrestrial -> 14.5. Artificial/Terrestrial - Urban Areas
2. Land/water management -> 2.1. Site/area management

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Conservation sites identified:Yes, over entire range
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

Bibliography [top]

Andriafidison, D., Andrianaivoarivelo, R. A. and Jenkins, R. K. B. 2006. Records of tree roosting bats from western Madagascar. African Bat Conservation News 8: 5-6.

Andrianaivoarivelo, R. A., Ranaivoson, N., Racey, P. A. and Jenkins, R. K. B. 2006. The diet of three synanthropic bats (Chiroptera: Molossidae) from eastern Madagascar. Acta Chiropterologica 8: 439-444.

Eger, J.L. and Mitchell, L. 2003. Chiroptera, bats. In: S. M. Goodman and J. P.Benstead (eds), The Natural History of Madagascar, pp. 1287-1298. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA and London, UK.

Goodman, S.G., Ratrimomanarivo, F.H., Ranivo, J., Cariff, S.G. 2008. The hunting of microchiropteran bats in different portions of Madagascar. African Bat Conservatoin News 16: 4-7.

Goodman, S.M. and Cardiff, S.G. 2004. A new species of Chaerophon (Molossidae) from Madagascar with notes on other members of the family. Acta Chiropterologica 6: 227-248.

Goodman, S.M., Andriafidison, D., Andrianaivoarivelo, R., Cardiff, S.G., Ifticene, E., Jenkins, R.K.B., Kofoky, A., Mbohoahy, T., Rakotondravony, D., Ranivo, J., Ratrimomanarivo, F., Razafimanahaka, J. and Racey, P.A. 2005. The distribution and conservation of bats in the dry regions of Madagascar. Animal Conservation 8: 153-165.

Happold, M. and Happold, D.C.D. 2013. Chiroptera. In: M. Happold and D.C.D. Happold (eds), The Mammals of Africa, Volume IV Hedgehogs, Shrews, and Bats, Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

IUCN. 2017. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-2. Available at: (Accessed: 14 September 2017).

Peterson, R.L., Eger, J.L. and Mitchell, L. 1995. Faune de Madagascar. Chiropteres. Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.

Russ, J., Bennett, D., Ross, K. and Kofoky, A. 2003. The Bats of Madagascar: A Field Guide with Descriptions of Echolocation Calls. Viper Press, Glossop.

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: Monadjem, A., Razafimanahaka, J., Ranivo, J., Kofoky, A., Hutson, A.M., Cardiff, S.G., Andriafidison, D., Goodman, S., Jenkins, R.K.B., Racey, P.A. & Ratrimomanarivo, F.H. 2017. Mops leucostigma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T40024A22061983. . Downloaded on 23 May 2018.
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