Glossophaga soricina


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Glossophaga soricina
Species Authority: (Pallas, 1766)
Common Name(s):
English Pallas's Long-tongued Bat
Taxonomic Notes: May contain more than one species, see Hoffmann and Baker (2001) (Simmons 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Barquez, R., Perez, S., Miller, B. & Diaz, M.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, 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: Tamaulipas, Sonora and Trés Marías Isls (Mexico) south to the Guianas, Southeastern Brazil, Northern Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Peru; Margarita Isl (Venezuela); Trinidad; Grenada (Lesser Antilles); Jamaica (Simmons 2005).
Argentina; Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; El Salvador; French Guiana; Grenada; Guyana; Honduras; Jamaica; Mexico (Sonora, Tamaulipas); Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is scarce on the south and abundant in the north. In Argentina they face many threats (Barquez pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in forests (south), rural and urban areas (north). Nectarivorous. Found in caves, tunnels, and houses. Co-inhabit with Carollia. Willig (1983) found more than 2,000 individuals in an abandoned house in Brazil.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats throughout its range. Deforestation is a localised threat. Populations are scarce in south.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Avoid habitat loss. Needs taxonomic revision. Found in protected areas.

Bibliography [top]

Hoffmann, F. G. and Baker, R. J. 2001. Systematics of bats of the genus Glossophaga (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) and phylogeography in G. soricina based on the cytochrome-b gene. Journal of Mammalogy 82: 1091-1101.

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.

Willig, M. R. 1983. Composition, microgeographic variation, and sexual dimorphism in Caatingas and Cerrado bat communities from northeastern Brazil. Bulletin of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History 23: 1–131.

Citation: Barquez, R., Perez, S., Miller, B. & Diaz, M. 2008. Glossophaga soricina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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