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SPECIES Epomophorus labiatus

Author:Temminck, 1837.
Citation:Monogr. Mamm., 2: 83.
Common Name:Little Epauletted Fruit Bat
Type Locality:Sudan, Blue Nile Prov., Sennar.
Distribution:Saudi Arabia; Nigeria to Ethiopia and Djibouti, south to Republic of Congo and Malawi. Senegal records are probably erroneous (see Bergmans, 1988).
Status:IUCN/SSC Action Plan (1992) – Not Threatened. IUCN 2003 – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:gambianus species group. Includes anurus; see Kock (1969a), Bergmans (1988, 1997), and Claessen and De Vree (1991). Koopman (1994) recognized two subspecies (labiatus and anurus), but this arrangement does not appear justified given the morphometric data presented by Claessen and De Vree (1991), who did not recognize subspecies. Apparently does not include minor contra Claessen and De Vree (1991), see discussion in Bergmans (1988, 1997). Middle Eastern forms reviewed by Horácek et al. (2000).



    anurus Heuglin, 1864
    doriae Matscheie, 1899
    schoensis Rüppell, 1842
    schovanus Heuglin, 1877

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