Pipistrellus anchietae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Vespertilionidae

Scientific Name: Pipistrellus anchietae (Seabra, 1900)
Common Name(s):
English Anchieta's Bat, Anchieta's Pipistrelle, Miombo pipistrelle
Hypsugo anchietae (Seabra, 1900)
Taxonomic Notes: Sometimes spelled anchieta or anchietai, but the correct spelling is anchietae.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-31
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A., Griffin, M., Cotterill, F., Jacobs, D. & Taylor, P.J.
Reviewer(s): Piraccini, R.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This largely southern African species ranges from Angola in the west, through southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and from here south into Zambia, Zimbabwe, and eastern South Africa. It could be more widespread in southern Africa than is currently understood (Skinner and Chimimba 2005). The species has recently been recorded from Madagascar for the first time, where it was collected from four localities (Kirindy Forest [CFPF]; Sept Lacs; Parc National de Kirindy-Mitea; Parc National de Zombitse-Vohibasia) (Bates et al. 2006).
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Madagascar; South Africa; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population:It is a locally common species in southern Africa. Very few specimens are currently known from Madagascar.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is typically associated with dry and moist savanna. Specimens in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, were collected from well wooded associations such as Afromontane forest, coastal forest or bushveld (Taylor, 1998). On Madagascar, Bates et al. (2006) reports that specimens were netted over a water pool in relatively intact dry deciduous forest; obtained in open saltpan habitat at the foot of coastal dunes and next to artesian sources forming small freshwater pools; netted in gallery forest along the Onilahy River, near Sept Lacs, in a zone dominated by xerophytic spiny bush; and collected in a dry deciduous forest that also contains some floristic elements of humid forest.
Generation Length (years):5.16

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species, although further research is needed to confirm this.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in a number of protected areas in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Further studies are needed into the distribution, natural history and possible threats to this species.

Classifications [top]

2. Savanna -> 2.1. Savanna - Dry
2. Savanna -> 2.2. Savanna - Moist

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
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

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.

Cotterill, F. P. D. 1996. New distribution records of insectivorous bats of the families Nycteridae, Rhinolophidae and Vespertilionidae (Microchiroptera: Mammalia) in Zimbabwe. Arnoldia Zimbabwe 10(8): 71-89.

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

Kearney, T. and Taylor, P. J. 1997. New distribution records of bats in KwaZulu-Natal. Durban Museum Novitates 22: 53-56.

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.

Rathbun, G.B. (subeditor). 2005. Macroscelidea. In: J.D. Skinner and C.T. Chimimba (eds), The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion, 3rd edition, pp. 22-34. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

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.

Taylor, P. 1998. The Smaller Mammals of KwaZulu-Natal. University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Citation: Monadjem, A., Griffin, M., Cotterill, F., Jacobs, D. & Taylor, P.J. 2017. Pipistrellus anchietae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T44851A22072042. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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