Mount Popa Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus paterculus)
This species is distributed in northern South Asia, southern
China and parts of mainland Southeast Asia. In South Asia, this species is
presently known from India (Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur and
Nagaland), where it has been recorded from sea level to an elevation of 1,500 m
asl (Molur et al. 2002). In China, it is restricted to Yunnan (Smith and Xie
2008). In Southeast Asia, it has been recorded from Myanmar,
Thailand (Bumrungsri, et al., 2006), Lao PDR and Vietnam.
China; India; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Myanmar; Vietnam
This species is relatively common in many areas in Myanmar (P.
Bates pers. comm.). In South Asia, although this is a widely distributed species
a declining trend in its population is being observed (Molur et al. 2002).
Population Trend: Unknown
Habitat and Ecology:
In South Asia, this species is found in primary and secondary
forests. It roosts among banana and bamboo trees, deep holes in trees and roofs
of thatched huts in forested areas (Molur et al. 2002). In Myanmar, it is
predominantly found in limestone caves, although it has also been recorded from
forest areas without karst habitats. It can be found in disturbed areas
including agricultural land (P. Bates pers. comm.).
In Southeast Asia there are no believed to be any major
threats to this species as a whole (P. Bates pers. comm.). In South Asia, this
species is threatened by deforestation, generally resulting from logging
operations and the conversion of land to agricultural and other uses (Molur et
It has been recorded from some protected areas in Southeast Asia. In South Asia, there are no direct conservation measures in place for this species and it has not been recorded from any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, reproduction and ecology of this species. Populations of this species should be monitored to record changes in abundance and distribution (Molur et al. 2002).