Glauconycteris superba


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Glauconycteris superba
Species Authority: (Hayman, 1939)
Common Name(s):
English Pied Bat
Chalinolobus superbus (Hayman, 1939)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Fahr, J., Jacobs, D., Cotterill, F.P.D. & Taylor, P.J.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2004 Vulnerable
1996 Vulnerable
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This little known African bat has been recorded from Côte d'Ivoire (locality not given) (Peterson and Smith 1973); from Oda in Oda Province, Ghana (Hayman 1947; Grubb et al. 1998); and from the Ituri Forest in northeastern Congo. It has previously been reported to occur in Uganda, however, this is now considered to be in error. It may be present in Sierra Leone, however, it has yet to have been recorded in this country (Grubb et al. 1998).
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana
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Population [top]

Population: It is currently known only from three specimens. It is very rare, or at least rarely collected (Hayman and Hill 1971; Grubb et al. 1998).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is associated with 'heavy' or closed lowland tropical moist forest (Rosevear 1965; Hayman and Hill 1971). It is not known if the species can adapt to habitat degradation.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): As it has only been recorded from closed forest, it may be threatened by deforestation due to general logging and conversion of land to agricultural use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no direct conservation measures in place for this species. It may be protected within the Ituri Forest, although this needs to be confirmed. There is a need for further directed field surveys to better determine the distribution, natural history and possible threats to this species.

Bibliography [top]

Grubb, P., Jones, T.S., Davies, A.G., Edberg, E., Starin, E.D. and Hill, J.E. 1998. Mammals of Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. Trendrine Press, Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall, UK.

Hayman, R. W. 1939. Two new mammals from the Belgian Congo. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 11(3): 219-224.

Hayman, R. W. 1947. A new race of Glauconycteris superba from West Africa. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 11(13): 547-550.

Hayman, R. W. and Hill, J. E. 1971. Order Chiroptera. In: J. Meester and H. W. Setzer (eds), The Mammals of Africa: An Identification Manual, pp. 73. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C., USA.

Hayman, R. W.; Misonne, X. and Verheyen, W. 1966. The bats of the Congo and of Rwanda and Burundi. Annales Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Sciences Zoologiques 154: 1-105.

Peterson, R. L. and Smith, D. A. 1973. A new species of Glauconycteris (Vespertilionidae, Chiroptera). Life Sciences Occasional Papers, Royal Ontario Museum 22: 1-9.

Rosevear, D. R. 1965. The Bats of West Africa. British Museum, London, UK.

Citation: Fahr, J., Jacobs, D., Cotterill, F.P.D. & Taylor, P.J. 2008. Glauconycteris superba. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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