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Diclidurus albus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA EMBALLONURIDAE

Scientific Name: Diclidurus albus
Species Authority: Wied-Neuwied, 1820
Common Name(s):
English Northern Ghost Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Controversy abounds over who deserves the credit for naming D. albus. Oken may have been responsible, but credit is usually given to Wied-Neuwied (1820) (Potchynok and Myers 2006). Populations in Central America may be distinct species referable to D. virgo but more study is needed (B.K. Lim pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Lim, B., Miller, B., Reid, F., Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs from Nayarit (Mexico) to eastern Brazil and Trinidad (Simmons 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: They do not form colonies and are found in small groups only during the breeding season (Ceballos and Médelin 1988). The home range size for D. albus is unknown (Potchynok and Myers 2006).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: D. albus prefer humid habitats like riparian and tropical rainforests but have been found in human-disturbed areas like plantations, clearings, and over villages (Ceballos and Médelin 1988). They are solitary, and like all members of the family are insectivorous (Ceballos and Médelin 1988).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research actions.

Bibliography [top]

Ceballos, G. and Medellin, R. 1988. Diclidurus albus. Mammalian Species 316: 1-4.

Potchynok, A. and Myers, P. 2006. Diclidurus albus. Available at: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Diclidurus_albus.html.. (Accessed: May 05).

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.


Citation: Lim, B., Miller, B., Reid, F., Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Diclidurus albus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 December 2014.
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