Neoromicia matroka


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Neoromicia matroka
Species Authority: (Thomas & Schwann, 1905)
Common Name(s):
English Malagasy Serotine, Matroka Bat, Malagasy Serotine
French Sérotine de Madagascar
Eptesicus matroka (Thomas & Schwann, 1905)
Vespertilio matroka Thomas & Schwann, 1905
Taxonomic Notes: Bates et al. (2006) included this species in the genus Neoromicia, based on bacular morphology.

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 because there is no evidence of a severe decline in habitat or population size and it occurs across a wide range of habitats which includes built-up areas.
2000 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Madagascar and appears to be largely restricted to an area in the eastern highlands between 970 and 1,300 m above sea level (Bates et al. 2006).
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Population [top]

Population: The population and local abundance of this species are not known, but it is thought to be locally common (Bates et al. 2006).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found alongside humid forests and has also been recorded from open anthropogenic agricultural and grassland areas (Bates et al. 2006; Randrianandriananina et al. 2006). It has been netted emerging from buildings and Bates et al. (2006) consider it to be relatively common in synanthropic settings (although published evidence of this is lacking).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has yet to be recorded from inside protected areas, but is known to use agricultural land adjacent to Parc National de Mantadia (Randrianandriananina et al. 2006).

Bibliography [top]

Goodman, S. G. and Ranivo, J. 2004. The taxonomic status of Neoromicia somalicus malagasyensis. Mammalian Biology 6: 434-438.

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

Koopman, K. F. 1973. Systematics of Indo-Australian pipistrelles. Periodicum Biologorum 75: 113-116.

Randrianandrianina, F. H., Andriafidison, D., Kofoky, A. F., Ramilijaona, O. R., Ratromomanarivo, F. H., Racey, P. A. and Jenkins, R. K. B. 2006. Habitat use and conservation of bats in rainforest and adjacent human-modified habitats in eastern Madagascar. Acta Chiropterologica 8: 429-437.

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. Neoromicia matroka. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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