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Myotis planiceps

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA VESPERTILIONIDAE

Scientific Name: Myotis planiceps
Species Authority: Baker, 1955
Common Name(s):
English Flat-headed Myotis

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii); D ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., S., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because there are only 250 mature individuals currently known to exist within an extent of occurrence of less than 5,000 km².
History:
2000 Critically Endangered
1996 Extinct

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Zacatecas (Mexico) (Simmons, 2005). Its extent of occurrence has been calculated between 95 and 465 km² (Cuaron and de Grammont pers. comm. )
Countries:
Native:
Mexico
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Population [top]

Population: It is considered at the moment that are less than 250 mature individuals (Arroyo-Cabrales pers. comm.)
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Little is known about the ecology of Myotis planiceps. Apparently, this species is confined to montane forests. Possibly, it roosts in crevices. It is insectivorous; some stomach contents contained insects. No reproductive data are known (Matson, 1975). Habitat loss between 16 - 21% over the last ten years (Cuaron and de Grammont pers. comm.)
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss due its very restricted roost habit in yacca trees accompanied by pynion pines (Arroyo-Cabrales pers. comm.)

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is including inside the Mexican regulation for species conservation NOM-59-SEMARNAT-2001 (under P categorie which means Endangered of extinction). The protection of this species is being undertaken by the Program for Mexican Bat Conservation (PCMM) (Arroyo-Cabrales pers. comm.).

Citation: Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., S., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Myotis planiceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 September 2014.
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