Wikipedia:WikiProject Mammals/Bats Task Force

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Welcome to WikiProject Bats, an attempt to improve the coverage and quality of bat-related topics on the English Wikipedia. This is a small but active project looking to keep growing; if you're interested in editing bat-related topics, please add your name to the participants list and dive right in! Our "goals" section is updated with new tasks every month, and there are tons of miscellaneous tasks of various skill levels that need to be accomplished. If you're unsure of how you could contribute, or you have ideas for the project, please leave us a message on our talk page!


This Task Force attempts at creating a standardized, informative and easy-to-use resource on bats. Articles regarding all the species of bats in the world are inside of the scope of this task force. Articles on bat evolution, echolocation, diseases, parasites, and important roosts are also in the scope.


  1. fulup56 (talk · contribs)
  2. enwebb (talk · contribs)
  3. BattyJoe (talk · contribs)

Hot articles

22 edits Bat
21 edits Eastern red bat
6 edits Vampire bat
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4 edits Pratt's roundleaf bat
4 edits Honduran white bat
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2 edits Northern broad-nosed bat
2 edits Rabies in animals
2 edits Mountain tube-nosed fruit bat

These are the articles that have been edited the most within the last seven days. Last updated 13 December 2017 by HotArticlesBot.

To do

To view goals completed in previous months, go here.
When you have completed a task, click "edit source" of the to-do list and place {{done}} next to the task you've completed.

To do items for members of Bats task force

Stub elimination

This project is plagued with an abundance of stubs (68% of all bat articles are currently stubs as of December 2017; down from 73.7% in May 2017). Help combat stubs by making them not-stubs. Pick a random stub article to work on below:
Random bat stub

December 2017 goals

Raise the following pages to "C-class" or higher:

Create stubs (or higher class articles) for these missing articles:

January 2018 goals

Raise the following pages to "C-class" or higher:

Create stubs (or higher class articles) for these missing articles:

Tagging and assessment

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Page layout


Common noctule
Nyctalus noctula.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Nyctalus
Species: N. noctula
Binomial name
Nyctalus noctula
Schreber, 1774
Mapa Nyctalus noctula.png
Range of N.noctula

All the articles on species should have an updated taxobox on the right side of the page. This taxobox should include a picture of the species, English and Latin name, as well as the latest World-wide IUCN Red List classification and distribution map.

For the IUCN Red List, please use the version 3.1.

The IUCN Red List 3.1 categories


The following sections are useful for bat articles, though not all are possible due to limited research on bats. Some taxa warrant additional coverage based on available research, such as phylogenetics or importance to humans. These items should be separated into distinct sections; text should flow in continuous prose as far as possible.

This is a suggested layout, based on the successful page for the common vampire bat. Possible topics for inclusion are listed, though this will vary by species and the availability of research

  • Lead paragraph
  • Taxonomy: possible items for inclusion are etymology of scientific name; phylogeny; previous names;
  • Description: morphology, coloration, dentition, forearm length, mass, calcar keeled/unkeeled
  • Range and habitat: where can you find this species?
  • Biology: life expectancy; hibernation/torpor;
    • Reproduction: age at first reproduction; pups per litter; litters per year; survivorship
    • Diet: what do they eat; how do they capture prey
    • Echolocation: if applicable
  • Conservation: what is the status of this bat; what threatens this species; are there any mitigation actions to conserve this species
  • References
  • Further Reading
  • External Links

Useful templates

When describing bat weight, length, or the range of elevations at which it's found, it can be useful to use the convert template, as users around the world have different units of measurement:
"The big brown bat weighs {{convert|15-26|g|oz|abbr=on}}" displays as "The big brown bat weighs 15–26 g (0.53–0.92 oz)."
There is also a useful template for a species' dental formula (here):
"Its dental formula is {{DentalFormula|upper=|lower=}}" displays as "Its dental formula is"

Quality stats

Missing Articles

For missing species articles, be sure to do a literature search to see if the scientific name is still in use and taxonomically valid. Use common names for article titles when possible. If there is no common name or multiple common names are in use, then use the scientific name for the article title. Only the first letter of the first word is capitalized in a title, unless another word is a proper noun (ex. Greater Asiatic yellow bat, Duke of Abruzzi's free-tailed bat).

Bat species

As of May 2017, there are 114 missing species pages
As of August 2017, there are 106 missing species pages
As of October 2017, there are 181 missing species pages
As of December 2017, there are 175 missing species pages


A-genus missing bats IUCN status
Anoura cadenai (DD)
Asellia arabica (DD)
Asellia italosomalica (DD)
Artibeus anthonyi (NE)
Artibeus bogotensis (NE)
B-genus missing bats IUCN status
Barbastella darjelingensis (NE)
C-genus missing bats IUCN status
Chaerephon pusillus (NE)
Chilonatalus macer (NE)
Chiroderma vizottoi (NE)
Coleura kibomalandy (DD)
Cubanycteris silvai (NE)
Cynopterinae NA
D-genus missing bats IUCN status
Dermanura bogotensis (LC)
Dermanura rava (NE)
Dermanura rosenbergii (DD)
Dryadonycteris capixaba (NE)
E-genus missing bats IUCN status
Eptesicus anatolicus (NE)
Eptesicus lobatus (NE)
Eptesicus lynni (NE)
Eumops delticus (NE)
Eumops ferox (NE)
Eumops nanus (LC)
Eumops wilsoni (DD)


G-genus missing bats IUCN status
Glischropus aquilus (NE)
Glischropus bucephalus (NE)
H-genus missing bats IUCN status
Hipposideros atrox (NE)
Hipposideros alongensis (NE)
Hipposideros boeadii (DD)
Hipposideros celebensis (NE)
Hipposideros cryptovalorona (NE)
Hipposideros einnaythu (NE)
Hipposideros fasensis (NE)
Hipposideros khasiana (NE)
Hipposideros nicobarulae (NE)
Hipposideros parnabyi (NE)
Hipposideros pendleburyi (NE)
Hipposideros tephrus (LC)
Histiotus laephotis (NT)
Hypsugo alaschanicus (NE)
Hypsugo bemainty (LC)
Hypsugo dolichodon (NE)
Hypsugo lanzai (NE)
K-genus missing bats IUCN status
Kerivoula kachinensis (LC)
Kerivoula krauensis (DD)
Kerivoula titania (LC)
L-genus missing bats IUCN status
Lasiurus brachyotis (NE)
Lichonycteris degener (NE)
Lonchophylla cadenai (NE)
Lonchophylla chocoana (DD)
Lonchophylla fornicata (NE)
Lonchophylla orcesi (DD)
Lonchophylla orienticollina (NE)
Lonchophylla pattoni (NE)
Lophostoma kalkoae (DD)
Lophostoma yasuni (NE)


M-genus missing bats IUCN status
Micronycteris buriri (DD)
Micronycteris giovanniae (DD)
Micronycteris yatesi (DD)
Miniopterus ambohitrensis (LC)
Miniopterus egeri (LC)
Miniopterus maghrebensis (NE)
Miniopterus mossambicus (NE)
Miniopterus newtoni (DD)
Miniopterus orianae (NE)
Miniopterus pallidus (NE)
Miniopterus sororculus (LC)
Miniopterus villiersi (NE)
Mops bakarii (DD)
Molussus alvarezi (DD)
Molossus bondae (LC)
Mormopterus cobourgiana (LC)
Mormopterus francoismoutoui (LC)
Mormopterus halli (DD)
Mormopterus kitcheneri (LC)
Mormopterus lumsdenae (LC)
Mormopterus petersi (LC)
Mormopterus ridei (LC)
Murina annamitica (NE)
Murina bicolor (LC)
Murina fanjingshanensis (NE)
Murina fionae (NE)
Murina harpioloides (NE)
Murina jaintiana (DD)
Murina kontumensis (NE)
Murina loreliae (NE)
Murina pluvialis (DD)
Murina recondita (LC)
Murina tiensa (NE)
Myotis borneoensis (DD)
Myotis diminutus (DD)
Myotis dinellii (LC)
Myotis federatus (DD)
Myotis izecksohni (DD)
Myotis peytoni (DD)
Myotis rufopictus (DD)
Myotis soror (DD)
N-genus missing bats IUCN status
Neoromicia brunnea (NT)
Neoromicia isabella (DD)
Neoromicia robertsi (DD)
Nyctophilus corbeni (NE)
Nyctophilus major (NE)
Nyctophilus sherrini (DD)
Nyctophilus shirleyae (DD)
P-genus missing bats IUCN status
Paremballonura tiavato (LC)
Peropteryx pallidoptera (DD)
Phyllops silvai (NE)
Phyllops vetus (NE)
Pipistrellus alaschanicus (LC)
Pipistrellus anchietae (LC)
Pipistrellus grandidieri (DD)
Pipistrellus hanaki (DD)
Platyrrhinus albericoi (LC)
Platyrrhinus aquilus (DD)
Platyrrhinus guianensis (NE)
Platyrrhinus incarum (LC)
Platyrrhinus ismaeli (NT)
Platyrrhinus masu (LC)
Platyrrhinus nigellus (LC)
Platyrrhinus nitelinea (DD)
Plecotus ariel (NE)
Plecotus begognae (NE)
Plecotus gaisleri (NE)
Plecotus homochrous (NE)
Plecotus kozlovi (NE)
Plecotus ognevi (LC)
Plecotus strelkovi (NE)
Plecotus turkmenicus (NE)
Plecotus wardi (NE)
Promops davisoni (DD)
Pteronotus mesoamericanus (LC)
Pteronotus rubiginosus (LC)
R-genus missing bats IUCN status
Rhinolophus chiewkweeae (NE)
Rhinolophus damarensis (LC)
Rhinolophus huananus (NE)
Rhinolophus indorouxii (DD)
Rhinolophus mabuensis (NE)
Rhinolophus mcintyrei (DD)
Rhinolophus microglobosus (LC)
Rhinolophus mossambicus (LC)
Rhinolophus perditus (NE)
Rhinolophus robertsi (NE)
Rhinolophus schnitzleri (NE)
Rhinolophus tatar (LC)
Rhinolophus thailandensis (NE)
Rhinolophus xinanzhongguoensis (NT)
Rhinopoma cystops (LC)
Rhogeessa bickhami (LC)
Rhogeessa menchuae (DD)
Rhogeessa velilla (DD)


S-genus missing bats IUCN status
Scotophilus andrewreborii (LC)
Scotophilus colias (NE)
Scotophilus ejetai (LC)
Scotophilus livingstonii (LC)
Scotophilus marovaza (LC)
Scotophilis mhlanganii (NE)
Scotophilus tandrefana (DD)
Sturnira angeli (NE)
Sturnira bakeri (NE)
Sturnira burtonlimi (DD)
Sturnira hondurensis (LC)
Sturnira koopmanhilli (DD)
Sturnira parvidens (NE)
Sturnira paulsoni (NE)
Sturnira perla (DD)
Submyotodon latirostris (LC)
T-genus missing bats IUCN status
Thyroptera devivoi (DD)
Thyroptera wynneae (DD)
Triaenops afer (LC)
Triaenops parvus (DD)
V-genus missing bats IUCN status
Vampyressa elisabethae (NE)
Vampyressa sinchi (NE)
Vampyrodes major (LC)

Unclear taxa

These are species from the above list that are debated as species, but their status may change as more research is published.

  • Anoura aequatoris– While a 2006 morphological study suggested elevating Anoura caudifera aequatoris to species level,[2] this conclusion has been challenged.
    Some believe that it is not distinct enough to warrant separation from A. caudifera, and that further analysis is needed.[3] A 2008 study challenged that elevating it to a species overstated the amount of diversity within the genus, and that it should remain a subspecies.[4] It is not recognized as a species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.[5]
  • Anoura cadenai– The same 2006 study as above split A. cadenai away from A. caudifer.[2] Again, this species is not yet recognized by the IUCN. It was challenged by the same 2008 study based on the overall small sample size of the 2006 study, and the small morphological differences between A. caudifer and A. cadenai.[4] A. caudifer has subsequently been considered monotypic by others, disregarding A. cadenai.[6] The status of this taxa is still in dispute.
  • Anoura carishina– This taxa was named and described in 2010 based on morphology, and differentiated a species that had previously been described as Anoura geoffroyi.[7] The IUCN has not assessed this taxa. Principal component analysis of A. carishina and A. geoffroyi have produced conflicting results on whether they describe the same species.[8] Using mixture models, another kind of analysis method, shows that A. carishina and A. geoffroyi are indistinguishable.[3] The status of this taxa is still in dispute.
  • Micronomus norfolkensis was formerly on the missing species list, but most sources I've seen list it as Mormopterus norfolkensis. That page exists.

Other missing bat articles

  • Thomas Kunz—notable bat researcher; author of many bat textbooks (suggested)
  • Valdir Taddei— notable Neotropical bat expert
  • John Edwards Hill; prolific mammalogist and publisher of bat-related papers; senior bat systematist at British Museum of Natural History
  • Lubee Bat Conservancy—notable bat breeding facility; helped in the restoration of the Rodrigues flying fox
  • Nancy B. Simmons— notable bat researcher; author of Mammal Species of the World

European Bats articles

In the frame of a specific activity aiming to involve on wikipedia more people working on European bats conservation, the following articles have been listed in order to be improved. This list is in line with the bat species targeted by the EUROBATS convention.

EUROBATS species
Naked rumped tomb bat
European free tailed bat
Egyptian fruit bat
Rhinolophus ferrumequinum
Rhinolophus hipposideros
Rhinolophus blasii
Rhinolophus euryale
Rhinolophus mehelyi
Barbastella barbastellus
Barbastella darjelingensis
Eptesicus anatolicus
Eptesicus bottae
Eptesicus isabellinus
Eptesicus nilssonii
Eptesicus serotinus
Hypsugo savii
Miniopterus pallidus
Miniopterus schreibersii
Myotis alcathoe
Myotis aurascens
Myotis bechsteinii
Myotis blythii
Myotis brandtii
Myotis capaccinii
Myotis dasycneme
Myotis daubentonii
Myotis emarginatus
Myotis escalerai
Myotis myotis
Myotis mystacinus
Myotis nattereri
Myotis nipalensis
Myotis punicus
Myotis schaubi
Nyctalus azoreum
Nyctalus lasiopterus
Nyctalus leisleri
Nyctalus noctula
Otonycteris hemprichii
Pipistrellus hanaki
Pipistrellus kuhlii
Pipistrellus maderensis
Pipistrellus maderensis
Pipistrellus pipistrellus
Pipistrellus pygmaeus
Plecotus auritus
Plecotus austriacus
Plecotus kolombatovici
Plecotus macrobullaris
Plecotus sardus
Plecotus teneriffae
Vespertilio murinus


  1. ^ Chiroptera Specialist Group (1996). "Nyctalus noctula". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  2. ^ a b Mantilla-Meluk, H., & Baker, R. J. (2006). Systematics of small Anoura (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from Colombia, with description of a new species. Museum of Texas Tech University.
  3. ^ a b Calderón-Acevedo, C. A., & Muchhala, N. C. Species limits in the Neotropical Bat Genus Anoura Gray. Group, 40, 50.
  4. ^ a b Jarrín-V, P., & Kunz, T. H. (2008). Taxonomic history of the genus Anoura (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) with insights into the challenges of morphological species delimitation. Acta Chiropterologica, 10(2), 257-269.
  5. ^ Solari, S. 2016. Anoura caudifer. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T88108473A88185102. Downloaded on 12 May 2017.
  6. ^ Smith (2012). "Lesser Tailless Bat" (PDF). Mammals of Paraguay. 43. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ Mantilla-Meluk, H., & Baker, R. J. (2010). New species of Anoura (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from Colombia, with systematic remarks and notes on the distribution of the A. geoffroyi complex. Museum of Texas Tech University.
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