Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Cuba (Simmons, 2005).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is poorly known. It is insectivorous (Nowak, 1999). Found in Cuban dry forests (McGinley 2007). Found disturbed habitats and secundary forests (Mancina pers. comm.).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
B1ab(ii,iii)

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Mancina, C. & Silva, G.

Reviewer/s
Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Vulnerable, because its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km² and its area of occupancy is less than 2,000 km², and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat. The species is using human made structures. This is an island endemic species which is an obligate on only one palm tree species for its persistence (Mancina et al. 2007)

History
  • 1996
    Vulnerable
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Population

Population
Is really abundant, more than 1,000 individuals per colony (Mancina pers. comm.).

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Habitat loss, degradation (human induced).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Avoid habitat loss. Research in population, threats, habitats.
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Wikipedia

Little goblin bat

The little goblin bat (Mormopterus minutus) is a species of bat in the family Molossidae, the free-tailed bats. It is endemic to Cuba.[1]

This bat is vulnerable due to habitat loss and degradation.[1] During the day it can be found roosting in the palm tree Copernicia gigas and in human-made structures.[2] It hunts insects using echolocation, emitting a variable pattern of calls.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mancina, C. & Silva, G. 2008. Mormopterus minutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. Downloaded on 24 March 2015.
  2. ^ Mancina, C., et al. (2007). Endemics under threat: an assessment of the conservation status of Cuban bats. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 18(1) 3-15.
  3. ^ Mora, E. C., et al. (2011). Plasticity in the echolocation inventory of Mormopterus minutus (Chiroptera, Molossidae). Acta Chiropterologica 13(1), 179-87.
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