Abo bat

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Abo bat
Glauconycteris cf. poensis nostril shape and orientation - ZooKeys-285-089-g003-top-left.jpeg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Glauconycteris
Species: G. poensis
Binomial name
Glauconycteris poensis
Gray, 1842
  • Chalinolobus poensis Gray, 1842
  • Kerivoula poensis Gray, 1842

The Abo bat (Glauconycteris poensis) is a species of vesper bat in the family Vespertilionidae. It is found in several countries in West Africa and Central Africa. It is found in these habitats: subtropical or tropical dry forest and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest.

Taxonomy and etymology

It was described as a new species in 1842 by British zoologist John Edward Gray. Gray placed the species into a new genus, Kerivoula, with the scientific name Kerivoula poensis.[2] Its species name "poensis" means "belonging to Po." The holotype was collected on Fernando Pó, likely inspiring the species name.[2]


Its fur is yellowish-gray in color.[2]

Range and habitat

It is found in several countries in West and Central Africa, including Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.[1]


It is currently evaluated as least concern by the IUCN—its lowest conservation priority. It meets the criteria for this classification because it has a large geographic range; its population is presumably large; and it is not likely to be in rapid population decline.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Monadjem, A.; Taylor, P.J.; Jacobs, D.; Cotterill, F. (2017). "Glauconycteris poensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T44798A22069513.
  2. ^ a b c Gray, J.E. (1842). "Descriptions of some new genera and fifty unrecorded species of Mammalia". The Annals and magazine of natural history; zoology, botany, and geology. 10: 258.

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