Chiroderma villosum


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chiroderma villosum
Species Authority: Peters, 1860
Common Name(s):
English Hairy Big-eyed Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Sampaio, E., Lim, B., Peters, S., Miller, B., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern as it is widespread and tolerant to a range of habitats, and unlikely to be declining at a rate which would qualify it for inclusion in any of the threat categories.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Central, and South America. This species occurs from Hidalgo and Veracruz, Mexico south through the Isthmus, over much of northern South America to western and southern Brazil, Bolivia and Peru; also in Trinidad and Tobago (Eisenberg, 1989; Reid, 1997). In Venezuela occurs in lowlands below 600 m (Handley, 1976).
Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Widespread, uncommon to locally common. It forages at the canopy level and may be under sampled because of methodological issues (Faria pers. comm.). Not common in Guatemala (Perez pers. comm.)
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Poorly known. In Venezuela, it is strongly associated with moist habitats and multistratal tropical evergreen forest (Handley, 1976); also second growth forest, clearings, and fruit groves (Reid, 1997). Feed on fruits, especially figs and roosts in trees hollows (Emmons and Feer, 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss, though not a major threat as the species is relatively tolerant to a range of habitats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in a number of protected areas throughout its range.

Bibliography [top]

Eisenberg, J.F. 1989. Mammals of the Neotropics. The Northern Neotropics. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA and London, UK.

Emmons, L.H. and Feer, F. 1997. Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide, Second edition. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, USA.

Handley Jr., C. O. 1976. Mammals of the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project. Brigham Young University Science Bulletin, Biological Series 20: 1-91.

Reid, F. 1997. A field guide to the mammals of Central America and southeast Mexico. Oxford University Press, New York, USA.

Citation: Sampaio, E., Lim, B., Peters, S., Miller, B., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Chiroderma villosum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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