Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This African bat has been patchily recorded from West Africa (Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Burkina Faso) and Central to East Africa (Cameroon, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, western Uganda and Sudan). A record from the Gambia appears to be in error (Koopman 1989; Grubb et al. 1998).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in open and dry savanna and Saharan grasslands. It might be associated with large rivers, especially in the north eastern part of the range. Animals often roost in fissures and cracks of tree trunks (including Vitex doniana [Freeman 1981]) and large branches of savanna trees.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W., Fahr, J. & Cotterill, F.P.D.

Reviewer/s
Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

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Justification
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.

History
  • 2004
    Near Threatened
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Population

Population
This species is rarely recorded. Animals are usually found singly or as small groups of up to 12 bats.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
In part of its range this species is threatened by habitat loss, mostly the cutting of larger roosting trees from savanna. It may also be threatened by encroaching desertification in the northern limits of its range..
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species has been recorded from the Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Freeman, 1981), and may be present in additional protected areas. There is a need to protect suitable large roosting trees in savanna. Further research is needed to better understand the distribution, natural history and major threats to this species.
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Wikipedia

Mongalla free-tailed bat

The Mongalla free-tailed bat (Mops demonstrator) is a species of bat in the family Molossidae. It is found in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Sudan, and Uganda. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, moist savanna, and subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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