Tadarida leucostigma


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Tadarida leucostigma
Species Authority: (G.M. Allen, 1918)
Common Name(s):
English Malagasy White-bellied Free-tailed Bat
Mops leucostigma Allen, 1918
Taxonomic Notes: This taxon was recognized as a full species by Peterson et al. (1995). Here included in genus Tadarida following the continental classification of the Molossidae adopted by Happold and Happold (in press), and as listed by Eger and Mitchell (2003).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Andriafidison, D., Cardiff, S.G., Goodman, S.M., Hutson, A.M., Jenkins, R.K.B., Kofoky, A.F., Racey, P.A., Ranivo, J., Ratrimomanarivo, F.H. & Razafimanahaka, H.J.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
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.
2000 Data Deficient

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 above sea level (Eger and Mitchell 2003). It also occurs on two islands, Mohéli and Anjouan, on the Comorian archipelago (F. Ratrimomanarivo pers. comm.)
Present - origin uncertain:
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Population [top]

Population: The population and local abundance of this species are not known.
Population Trend: Unknown

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).
Systems: Terrestrial

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).

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. In press. The Mammals of Africa. In: D. C. D. Happold and M. Happold (eds), The Mammals of Africa, Academic Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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.

Citation: Andriafidison, D., Cardiff, S.G., Goodman, S.M., Hutson, A.M., Jenkins, R.K.B., Kofoky, A.F., Racey, P.A., Ranivo, J., Ratrimomanarivo, F.H. & Razafimanahaka, H.J. 2008. Tadarida leucostigma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 23 October 2014.
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