Mount Popa Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus paterculus)

Range Description:

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, Northern Thailand  (Bumrungsri, et al., 2006), Lao PDR and Vietnam.
Countries: Native:
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.).
Systems: Terrestrial

 Major Threat(s):

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 al. 2002)

 Conservation Actions:

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).