Rousettus aegyptiacus

Mongombe, Aaron Manga, Fils, Eric Moise Bakwo & Tamesse, Joseph Lebel, 2020, Annotated checklist of bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) of Mount Cameroon, southwestern Cameroon, Zoosystema 42 (24), pp. 483-514: 496

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.5252/zoosystema2020v42a24

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:4369E104-E14C-4436-9B57-6C38A6AEBE65

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4338041

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/039A87C3-D54F-394A-1F46-FE14FA544680

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Felipe

scientific name

Rousettus aegyptiacus
status

 

Rousettus aegyptiacus   (E. Geoffroy St.-Hilaire, 1810)

( Fig. 10 View FIG , Table 3 View TABLE )

Pteropus egyptiacus E.Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1810: 96   .

COMMON NAMES. — English: Egyptian Fruit Bat. French: Roussette d’Egypte.

MATERIAL EXAMINED. — 230 specimens (including original data). Mount Cameroon area   29 specimens; Isobi ; 4°07’15”N, 8°59’33”E; 56 m; Martin Eisentraut leg.; SMNS 6687 to 6694, ZFMK 1961.0577, 0580, 0581, 0583, 0587 to 0591, 0594, 0598, 0599; ZFMK 1963.0208a to 0208e, 0218c; ZFMK 1969.0417, 0419, 0489a GoogleMaps   27 specimens; Mueli ; 4°23’00”N, 9°07’00”E; 600 m; 8.II-23. II.1958; Martin Eisentraut leg; SMNS 6672 to 6686; ZFMK 1959.0450; ZFMK 1961.0576, 0578, 0582, 0584 to 0586, 0595 to 0597, 0600, 0602 GoogleMaps   8 specimens; Koto-Barombi ; 4°27’57”N, 9°16’01”E; 457 m; 17.I-26.I.1958; Martin Eisentraut leg.; SMNS 6667 to 6671; ZFMK 1961.0575, 0579, 0601 GoogleMaps   24 specimens; Above Buea ; 4°09’34”N, 9°14’12”E; 1850 m; 23.XI-26.XI.1957, 04.I.1958; Martin Eisentraut leg.; SMNS 6658 to 6666, 6828 to 6832, 8155, 8156; ZFMK 1961.0592, 0593; ZFMK 1963.0209a to 0209f GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Victoria ; 4°00’46”N, 9°13’13”E; 136 m; Strunk leg.; ZMB 54700 GoogleMaps   2 specimens; Musake ; 4°12’00”N, 9°12’00”E; 2000 m; Martin Eisentraut leg.; ZFMK 1969.0418, 0489b GoogleMaps   .

Other localities of Cameroon. Yaoundé, ZMB 10239   2 specimens; Bipindi ; 3°05’00”N, 10°25’00”E; 184 m; Zenker Georg August leg.; ZMB 54691, 54699 GoogleMaps   .

ORIGINAL DATA. — With 137 individuals (131 males and 6 females) the echolocating and cave-dependent Egyptian Rousette was the second most abundant bat species captured during our field surveys ( Table 1 View TABLE ). The species was trapped in both primary montane forest and lowland secondary and cultivated forest at a wide range of altitudes from 470 m up to 2280 m a.s.l. ( Table 1 View TABLE ). The species has previously been sampled in large caves on the lower slopes and in montane grassland of Mount Cameroon ( Eisentraut 1963; Fedden & MacLeod 1986).

HABITATS AND DISTRIBUTION. — Rousettus aegyptiacus   is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula right across to Iran and Pakistan ( Korine 2016). This species has broad habitat preference and has been recorded in arid to moist tropical and subtropical habitats where large colonies roost in caves and artificial structures such as mosques, tombs and mines ( Happold 2013c). Happold (1987) noted that the local distribution of this species is influenced more by the availability of suitable roost sites than by vegetation type. The species is threatened in parts of its range by bushmeat trade, cave disturbance and persecution ( Korine 2016).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Chiroptera

Family

Pteropodidae

Genus

Rousettus

Loc

Rousettus aegyptiacus

Mongombe, Aaron Manga, Fils, Eric Moise Bakwo & Tamesse, Joseph Lebel 2020
2020
Loc

Pteropus egyptiacus E.Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1810: 96

Pteropus egyptiacus E.Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1810: 96