Lamotte's roundleaf bat

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Lamotte's roundleaf bat
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Hipposideridae
Genus: Hipposideros
H. lamottei
Binomial name
Hipposideros lamottei
(Brosset, 1984)
Lamotte's Roundleaf Bat area.png
Lamotte's Roundleaf Bat range

Lamotte's roundleaf bat (Hipposideros lamottei) is a species of bat found only at Mount Nimba on the border of Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia. It is critically endangered.


It was described as a new species in 1984 by French zoologist André Brosset.[2] He chose the species name lamottei after Dr. Maxime Lamotte, who was also a French zoologist.[3] Its status as a species has been called into question, and some suggested that it might be synonymous with Noack's roundleaf bat, Hipposideros ruber.[4] While its mitochondrial gene for cytochrome b may only differ from that of H. ruber by only 6%, a 2013 study found that it was morphologically distinct from it. Based on its morphology, it is in the caffer/ruber species complex of its genus. Other species in this complex include:[5]

Based on genetic analysis, it has been hypothesized that Lamotte's roundleaf bat has only recently become isolated from Noack's roundleaf bat, evolving to become a high-altitude specialist.[5] Lamotte's roundleaf bat and other members of its species complex are members of the bicolor group of the genus Hipposideros. Other members of the bicolor group include:[7]


It is a small bat with a nose-leaf. The nose-leaf has four small leaflets, two to either side. Its fur is brown, soft, and dense. Its ears are relatively short. Its patagia are blackish-brown.[8] Its forearm is approximately 56.1 mm (2.21 in) long, and its hind foot is 9.3 mm (0.37 in) long. Its tail is 34.6–38.7 mm (1.36–1.52 in) long. While many bats in the genus Hipposideros are similar in appearance, it can be differentiated by several characteristics: a forearm longer than 55 mm (2.2 in); large mastoid breadth; and small, gracile molars. It detects prey using echolocation, calling at maximum frequencies of 119 kHz, with a range of 118–120 kHz.[5]


During the day, it roosts in caves or mine shafts. It is known to share roosts with other species of bat, including Noack's roundleaf bat and the Angolan rousette. Based on its small teeth and relatively slender skull, it is thought that they might prey on soft-bodied insects. The examination of a small colony in December found no juveniles and no pregnant females, meaning that reproduction occurs at another time in the year. Little else is known about their reproduction.[8]

Range and habitat[edit]

It has only been recorded on Mount Nimba, which is situated on the border of Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia.[1] This mountain range is notable for its bat diversity; its bat diversity is possibly the greatest of the entire continent of Africa.[9] All captures of this species have been limited to the Guinean side of the mountain, however.[10] It has been recorded in two sites on Mount Nimba: one a lowland tropical rainforest, the other an afromontane savanna. It has been recorded at elevations of 500–1,400 m (1,600–4,600 ft) above sea level.[1] Four mine adits currently in use for roosts are greater than 1,200 m (3,900 ft) above sea level, however, while there is only one record of this species from a lower altitude. These more recent records suggest that it prefers the afromontane savanna, only occasionally traveling to the lowland rainforests.[5]


It is listed as a critically endangered species by the IUCN, as of 2008. It meets the criteria for this designation because its extent of occurrence is likely less than 100 km2 (39 sq mi), its area of occupancy is likely less than 10 km2 (3.9 sq mi), and all individuals live in a single location. Its population is thought to be in decline. It was first evaluated by the IUCN in 1996, when it was listed as data deficient; it has been listed as critically endangered since 2004. Threats to this species include mining for iron ore, which can disturb or destroy their roosts.[1] As of 2013, however, there were indications that mining would soon begin at the only sites where this species exists, posing an imminent threat to its existence.[10] Its range is also subject to habitat destruction via deforestation. In this region, bats are also used as a food source, so this bat is likely killed for bushmeat. At least some of its range is encompassed by Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, which confers some protections, though these protections may not be strictly enforced.[1] Due to its imperiled status, it is identified by the Alliance for Zero Extinction as a species in danger of imminent extinction.[11] In 2013, Bat Conservation International listed this species as one of the 35 species of its worldwide priority list of conservation.[12] The Lamotte's roundleaf bat was specifically named in an article that argued against collecting zoological specimens from critically endangered bat species, or at least promoted more restrictions on who could collect specimens and how many individuals they could collect.[13]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mickleburgh, S.; Hutson, A.M.; Bergmans, W.; Fahr, J. (2008). "Hipposideros lamottei". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008: e.T10141A3173193. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T10141A3173193.en.
  2. ^ Brosset, A. (1984). "Chiroptères d'altitude du mont nimba (guinée). description d'une espèce nouvelle, hipposideros lamottei". Mammalia. 48 (4): 545–556. doi:10.1515/mamm.1984.48.4.545.
  3. ^ Beolens, B.; Watkins, M.; Grayson, M. (2009). The eponym dictionary of mammals. JHU Press. p. 234. ISBN 9780801895333.
  4. ^ Koopman, K. F. (1989). "Systematic notes on Liberian bats" (PDF). American Museum Novitates. 2946.
  5. ^ a b c d Monadjem, A.; Richards, L.; Taylor, P. J.; Denys, C.; Dower, A.; Stoffberg, S. (2013). "Diversity of Hipposideridae in the Mount Nimba massif, West Africa, and the taxonomic status of Hipposideros lamottei". Acta Chiropterologica. 15 (2): 341–352. doi:10.3161/150811013x678964.
  6. ^ Vallo, P.; Guillén-Servent, A.; Benda, P.; Pires, D. B.; Koubek, P. (2008). "Variation of mitochondrial DNA in the Hipposideros caffer complex (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) and its taxonomic implications". Acta Chiropterologica. 10 (2): 193–206. doi:10.3161/150811008x414782.
  7. ^ Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 373. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  8. ^ a b Fahr, J. (2013). "Hipposideros lamottei, Lamotte's leaf-nosed bat". Mammals of Africa. Vol. IV: Hedgehogs, Shrews and Bats. Bloomsbury. pp. 389–390.
  9. ^ Brosset, A. (2003). "Les chiroptères du mont Nimba" (PDF). Mémoires du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. 190: 687–693.
  10. ^ a b Denys, C.; Kadjo, B.; Missoup, A. D.; Monadjem, A.; Aniskine, V. (2013). "New records of bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) and karyotypes from Guinean Mount Nimba (West Africa)" (PDF). Italian Journal of Zoology. 80 (2): 279–290. doi:10.1080/11250003.2013.775367.
  11. ^ "A Five-Year Plan for Global Bat Conservation" (PDF). Bat Conservation International. October 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  12. ^ "Annual Report 2013-2014" (PDF). Bat Conservation International. August 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  13. ^ John, Julia (August 22, 2017). "Collecting specimens could harm imperiled bats". The Wildlife Society. The Wildlife Society. Retrieved October 30, 2017.