Micropteropus pusillus ( Peters, 1868 )

Decher, Jan, Norris, Ryan W., Abedi-Lartey, Michael, Oppong, James, Hutterer, Rainer, Weinbrenner, Martin, Koch, Martin, Podsiadlowski, Lars & Kilpatrick, C. William, 2021, A survey of small mammals in the Volta Region of Ghana with comments on zoogeography and conservation, Zoosystema 43 (14), pp. 253-281: 267

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http://doi.org/ 10.5252/zoosystema2021v43a14

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4783996

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scientific name

Micropteropus pusillus ( Peters, 1868 )
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Micropteropus pusillus ( Peters, 1868)  

Epomophorus pusillus Peters, 1868: 870   .

COMMON NAME. — Peters’ Lesser Epauletted Fruit Bat.

MATERIAL EXAMINED. — Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary • 3 ♀; ZTNHC 957, SMF 92112 View Materials , 92113 View Materials   . Apesokubi • 1 ♂; 0.5 km N Apesokubi ; USNM 590071 View Materials   4♀; USNM 590070 View Materials , ZTNHC 966, SMF 89660 View Materials , 89661 View Materials   . Kyabobo NP • 1 ♂; SMF 92114 View Materials   . Shiare Schoolyard • 1 ♀; SMF 92115 View Materials   .

REMARK

As in previous studies from Ghana and Togo ( De Vree et al. 1969, 1971; Decher 1997a), with 23 individuals caught, Micropteropus pusillus   was the most common small fruit bat in our survey, perhaps outnumbered locally only by large colonies of the high-flying Eidolon helvum ( Kerr, 1792)   . It is a typical species of the rainforest-savannah mosaic characteristic for much of the Volta Region. In Ghana east of the Volta River, M. pusillus   was previously captured at Akwamufe, Amedzofe, Kalakpa Game Production Reserve, Leklebi Agbesia and Odomi Jongo ( Bergmans 1989). In Ghana and Togo, M. pusillus   shares a similar distribution pattern with Epomophorus gambianus   (see maps in Bergmans [1988, 1989] and Grubb et al. [1998]) but it seems to occur more commonly in or near forest remnants than the latter species, suggesting a greater dependence on forest. In our survey up to eight individuals would hit the nets at the same time indicating that they fly and forage in groups.

CONSERVATION STATUS. — Micropteropus pusillus   was classified as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List. It remains a common fruit bat species in the Ghana-Togo Highlands. However, this species may depend on forest remnants during its foraging flights ( Fahr 1996).

SMF

Forschungsinstitut und Natur-Museum Senckenberg

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Chiroptera

Family

Pteropodidae

Genus

Micropteropus

Loc

Micropteropus pusillus ( Peters, 1868 )

Decher, Jan, Norris, Ryan W., Abedi-Lartey, Michael, Oppong, James, Hutterer, Rainer, Weinbrenner, Martin, Koch, Martin, Podsiadlowski, Lars & Kilpatrick, C. William 2021
2021
Loc

Epomophorus pusillus

PETERS W. 1868: 870
1868