Neoromicia matroka 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Vespertilionidae

Scientific Name: Neoromicia matroka (Thomas & Schwann, 1905)
Common Name(s):
English Malagasy Serotine, Malagasy Serotine, Matroka Bat
French Sérotine de Madagascar
Eptesicus matroka (Thomas & Schwann, 1905)
Vespertilio matroka Thomas & Schwann, 1905
Taxonomic Source(s): ACR. 2014. African Chiroptera Report 2014. African Bats, Pretoria. Available from
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: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-31
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A., Ratrimomanarivo, F.H., Jenkins, R.K.B., Andriafidison, D., Hutson, A.M., Ranivo, J., Razafimanahaka, J., Kofoky, A., Cardiff, S.G., Goodman, S. & Racey, P.A.
Reviewer(s): Piraccini, R.
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.
Previously published Red List assessments:

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).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):970
Upper elevation limit (metres):1300
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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).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

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).
Generation Length (years):6.57

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).

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.6. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland
1. Forest -> 1.9. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane
14. Artificial/Terrestrial -> 14.1. Artificial/Terrestrial - Arable Land
14. Artificial/Terrestrial -> 14.5. Artificial/Terrestrial - Urban Areas
14. Artificial/Terrestrial -> 14.6. Artificial/Terrestrial - Subtropical/Tropical Heavily Degraded Former Forest

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.1. Taxonomy
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats
3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

Bibliography [top]

Bates, P.J.J., Ratrimomanarivo, F.H., Harrison, D.L. and Goodman, S.M. 2006. A description of a new species of Pipistrellus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Madagascar with a review of related Vespertilioninae from the island. Acta Chiropterologica 8(2): 299-324.

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

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

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

Pacifici, M., Santini, L., Di Marco, M., Baisero, D., Francucci, L., Grottolo Marasini, G., Visconti, P. and Rondinini, C. 2013. Generation length for mammals. Nature Conservation 5: 87–94.

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: Monadjem, A., Ratrimomanarivo, F.H., Jenkins, R.K.B., Andriafidison, D., Hutson, A.M., Ranivo, J., Razafimanahaka, J., Kofoky, A., Cardiff, S.G., Goodman, S. & Racey, P.A. 2017. Neoromicia matroka. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T40033A22059795. . Downloaded on 25 June 2018.
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