List of bats by population

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This is a list of bat species by global population. While numbers are estimates, they have been made by the experts in their fields. For more information on how these estimates were ascertained, see Wikipedia's articles on population biology and population ecology.

This list is not comprehensive, as not all bats have had their numbers quantified.

Common name Binomial name Population Status Trend Notes Image
Christmas Island Pipistrelle Pipistrellus murrayi 4[1] CR[1] Decrease[1] Common and widespread until the 1980s. Population here was recorded in January 2009. An immediate capturing project was requested to save the species, and efforts for approval included a personal meeting with then-Australian environment minister Peter Garrett. Due to a potential cost of a few hundred thousand dollars, the government decided against quick action and instead undertook a bureaucratic feasibility study. After its eventual assent in August 2009 a team of experts travelled to Christmas Island to capture the remaining individuals but only one was detected, which managed not to be caught. Its subsequent disappearance may be one of very few times extinction has been witnessed first-hand. Reasons for the bat's decline remain unknown.[1][2]
Cuban Greater Funnel-eared Bat Natalus primus 100[3] CR[3] Decrease[3] Maximum estimate. Only found in a single cave.[3]
Seychelles Sheath-tailed Bat Coleura seychellensis 100[4] CR[4] Decrease[4] Maximum estimate for mature individuals.[4]
Bulmer's fruit bat Aproteles bulmerae 160[5] CR[5] Decrease[5] Only one colony is known to exist.[5]
Flat-headed myotis Myotis planiceps 250[6] EN[6] Decrease[6] Maximum estimate for mature individuals.[6]
Bonin Flying Fox Pteropus pselaphon 300[7] CR[7] Decrease[7] Maximum estimate.[7]
Arnhem leaf-nosed bat Hipposideros inornatus 300[8] VU[8] Steady[9] Maximum estimate for mature individuals.[8]
New Georgian Monkey-faced Bat Pteralopex taki 500[10] EN[10] Decrease[10] Estimate is for mature individuals.[10]
Canary big-eared bat Plecotus teneriffae 500 – 2000[11] EN[11] Decrease[11]
Thailand Roundleaf Bat Hipposideros halophyllus 1000 – 1400[12] EN[12] Decrease[12]
Livingstone's fruit bat Pteropus livingstonii 1200[13] EN[13] Decrease[13] Bristol.zoo.livfruitbat.arp.jpg
Coastal sheath-tailed bat Taphozous australis 1200 - 10 000[14][15] NT[14] Decrease[14]
New Caledonia Wattled Bat Chalinolobus neocaledonicus 1500[16] EN[16] Decrease[16] Maximum estimate from known colonies.[16]
Azores noctule Nyctalus azoreum 2000 – 5000[17] EN[17] Decrease[17] Nyctalus azoreum.jpg
Rodrigues flying fox Pteropus rodricensis 4000[18] CR[18] Increase[18] RodriguesFruitBat1.jpg
Kitti's hog-nosed bat Craseonycteris thonglongyai 6600[19] VU[19] Decrease[19] Craseonycteris thonglongyai.JPG
Ghost Bat Macroderma gigas 7000 – 9000[20] VU[20] Decrease[20] Ghost bat infrared Perth zoo.jpg
Comoro rousette Rousettus obliviosus 7100 – 17 100[21] VU[21] Decrease[21]
Giant golden-crowned flying fox Acerodon jubatus 10 000[22] EN[22] Unknown[22] Rough estimate; probably no more than 20 000.[22] Acerodon jubatus by Gregg Yan.jpg
Pemba Flying Fox Pteropus voeltzkowi 19 000[23] VU[23] Increase[23] Increase from a few hundred in the early 1990s.[23]
Mauritian flying fox Pteropus niger 25 000[9] EN[9] Decrease[9] Minimum estimate.[9] Pteropus niger three.jpeg
New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat Mystacina tuberculata 30 000[24] VU[24] Decrease[24] Minimum estimate.[24] MystacinaTuberculataFord.jpg
Madagascan flying fox Pteropus rufus 300 000[25] VU[25] Decrease[25] Pteropus rufus ii.jpg
Grey-headed flying fox Pteropus poliocephalus 320 000 - 674 000[26] VU[27] Decrease [27] Estimates are based on incomplete knowledge of camp location and use.[26] Pteropus poliocephalus with baby.jpg
Indiana bat Myotis sodalis 387 300[28] EN[28] Decrease[28] Though numbers are large compared to other bats classified as endangered, this species is listed as such due to a >50% decline over the past decade.[28] Indiana Bat FWS.jpg

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lumsden, L., Racey, P.A. & Hutson, A.M. (2010). "Pipistrellus murrayi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  2. ^ Tim, Flannery (17 November 2012). "Unmourned death of a sole survivor". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-21. "In an attempt to avert it I met Peter Garrett, then the environment minister, and warned him of the impending loss. I had brought offers of assistance and expertise from the Australian Mammal Society to his attention. The society was confident the species could be saved - at a cost of perhaps only a few hundred thousand dollars. But Garrett was convinced by the orthodoxy that ecosystems rather than species should be the focus of the national conservation effort, and I got the message that nothing would be done." 
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  4. ^ a b c d Gerlach, J., Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Bergmans, W. (2008). "Coleura seychellensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
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  8. ^ a b c Richards, G. & Milne, D. (2008). "Hipposideros inornatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
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  11. ^ a b c Aulagnier, S., Juste, J., Palmeirim, J. & Alcaldé, J.T. (2008). "Plecotus teneriffae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  12. ^ a b c Bates, P., Bumrungsri, S., Francis, C., Csorba, G. & Walston, J. (2008). "Hipposideros halophyllus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  13. ^ a b c Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Bergmans, W. (2008). "Pteropus livingstonii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  14. ^ a b c Hall, L., Thomson, B. & Richards, G. (2008). "Taphozous australis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  15. ^ Clague, C., Coles R., Hall, L. & Richards, G. (1999). "Coastal Sheathtail Bat". The Action Plan for Australian Bats, Environment Australia. Australian Government. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  16. ^ a b c d Brescia, F. (2008). "Chalinolobus neocaledonicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  17. ^ a b c Hutson, A.M., Aulagnier, S., Rainho, A. & Palmeirim, J. (2008). "Nyctalus azoreum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  18. ^ a b c Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Bergmans, W. (2008). "Pteropus rodricensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
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  20. ^ a b c McKenzie, N. & Hall, L. (2008). "Macroderma gigas". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
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  22. ^ a b c d Mildenstein, T., Cariño,A., Paul, S., Heaney, L., Alviola, P., Duya, A., Stier, S., Pedregosa, S., Lorica, R., Ingle, N., Balete, D., Garcia, J.J., Gonzalez, J.C., Ong, P., Rosell-Ambal, G. & Tabaranza, B. (2008). "Acerodon jubatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  23. ^ a b c d Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Howell, K. (2008). "Pteropus voeltzkowi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  24. ^ a b c d O'Donnell, C. (2008). "Mystacina tuberculata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  25. ^ a b c Andriafidison, D, Cardiff, S.G., Goodman, S.M., Hutson, A.M., Jenkins, R.K.B., Kofoky, A.F., Rabearivelo, A., Racey, P.A., Ranivo, J., Ratrimomanarivo, F.H. & Razafimanahaka, H.J. (2008). "Pteropus rufus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. IUCN. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
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