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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.


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To do

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Stub elimination

This project is plagued with an abundance of stubs. Pick a random stub article to work on here:

Stub Progress

  • May 2017: 73.7% of articles are stubs
  • December 2017: 68% of all articles are stubs
  • February 2018: 66.5% of all articles are stubs

February 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 Catalogue of Life status
Aegyptonycteridae NA NA
Anoura aequatoris (NE) accepted
Anoura cadenai (DD) accepted
Anoura carishina (NE) accepted
Asellia arabica (DD) accepted
Asellia italosomalica (DD) accepted
Artibeus aequatorialis (NE) accepted
Artibeus anthonyi (NE) no record
B-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Barbastella darjelingensis (NE) no record
C-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Cassistrellus NA no record
Chaerephon pusillus (NE) accepted
Chilonatalus macer (NE) accepted
Chiroderma vizottoi (NE) accepted
Coleura kibomalandy (DD) accepted
Cubanycteris silvai (NE) fossil taxa
Cynomops freemani (NE) no record
Cynomops tonkigui (NE) no record
Cynopterinae NA NA
D-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Dermanura rava (NE) accepted, synonym of Artibeus phaeotis ravus
Dermanura rosenbergii (DD) no record
Dryadonycteris capixaba (NE) accepted
E-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Eptesicus anatolicus (NE) accepted
Eptesicus lynni (NE) not accepted, synonym of E. fuscus lynni
Eumops chimaera (NE) no record
Eumops delticus (NE) accepted
Eumops ferox (NE) accepted
Eumops wilsoni (DD) accepted


G-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Glauconycteris atra (NE) no record
Glischropus aquilus (NE) no record
Glischropus bucephalus (NE) accepted
H-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Hipposideros atrox (NE) accepted
Hipposideros alongensis (NE) accepted
Hipposideros boeadii (DD) accepted
Hipposideros celebensis (NE) no record
Hipposideros cryptovalorona (NE) no record
Hipposideros einnaythu (NE) accepted
Hipposideros fasensis (NE) no record
Hipposideros khasiana (NE) no record
Hipposideros nicobarulae (NE) accepted
Hipposideros parnabyi (NE) no record
Hipposideros pendleburyi (NE) accepted
Hipposideros tephrus (LC) synonym of H. caffer tephrus
Histiotus diaphanopterus (NE) no record
Hsunycteris NA NA
Hsunycteris cadenai (NE) accepted, synonym of Lonchophylla cadenai
Hsunycteris dashe (NE) no record
Hsunycteris pattoni (NE) accepted, synonym of Lonchophylla pattoni
Hsunycteris thomasi (NE) accepted, synonym of Lonchophylla thomasi
Hypsugo alaschanicus (NE) accepted, synonym of Eptesicus alaschanicus
Hypsugo bemainty (LC) no record
Hypsugo dolichodon (NE) no record
Hypsugo lanzai (NE) accepted
K-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Kerivoula furva (NE) no record
Kerivoula krauensis (DD) no record
L-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Lasiurus brachyotis (NE) no record
Lichonycteris degener (NE) no record
Lonchophylla cadenai (NE) not valid, synonym of Hsunycteris cadenai
Lonchophylla chocoana (DD) accepted
Lonchophylla fornicata (NE) accepted
Lonchophylla orcesi (DD) accepted
Lonchophylla orienticollina (NE) accepted
Lonchophylla pattoni (NE) not valid, synonym of Hsunycteris pattoni
Lophostoma kalkoae (DD) accepted
Lophostoma yasuni (NE) accepted


M-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Micronycteris buriri (DD) no record
Micronycteris giovanniae (DD) accepted
Micronycteris yatesi (DD) accepted
Miniopterus ambohitrensis (LC) no record
Miniopterus egeri (LC) accepted
Miniopterus maghrebensis (NE) accepted
Miniopterus mossambicus (NE) accepted
Miniopterus newtoni (DD) accepted
Miniopterus orianae (NE) no record
Miniopterus pallidus (NE) accepted
Miniopterus sororculus (LC) accepted
Miniopterus villiersi (NE) no record
Mops bakarii (DD) accepted
Molussus alvarezi (DD) accepted
Molossus bondae (LC) not accepted, synonym of M. currentium bondae
Mormopterus cobourgiana (LC) no record
Mormopterus francoismoutoui (LC) accepted
Mormopterus halli (DD) accepted
Mormopterus kitcheneri (LC) accepted
Mormopterus lumsdenae (LC) accepted
Murina annamitica (NE) accepted
Murina bicolor (LC) accepted
Murina fanjingshanensis (NE) no record
Murina fionae (NE) accepted
Murina harpioloides (NE) accepted
Murina hkakaboraziensis (NE) no record
Murina jaintiana (DD) no record
Murina kontumensis (NE) no record
Murina loreliae (NE) no record
Murina pluvialis (DD) no record
Murina recondita (LC) accepted
Murina tiensa (NE) not accepted, synonym of M. harrisoni
Myotis attenboroughi (NE) no record
Myotis borneoensis (DD) not accepted, subspecies of M. montivagus
Myotis clydejonesi (NE) no record
Myotis diminutus (DD) accepted
Myotis dinellii (LC) not accepted; subspecies of M. levis
Myotis federatus (DD) not accepted; synonym of M. montivagus
Myotis izecksohni (DD) accepted
Myotis lavali (LC) accepted
Myotis peytoni (DD) not accepted; synonym/subspecies of M. montivagus
Myotis rufopictus (DD) not accepted; subspecies of M. formosus
Myotis soror (DD) no record
N-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Neoromicia isabella (DD) no record
Neoromicia robertsi (DD) accepted
Neoromicia stanleyi (NE) no record
Nyctophilus corbeni (NE) accepted
Nyctophilus major (NE) accepted
Nyctophilus sherrini (DD) accepted
Nyctophilus shirleyae (DD) accepted
P-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Paremballonura NA NA
Paremballonura tiavato (LC) accepted
Peropteryx pallidoptera (DD) no record
Phyllops silvai (NE) no record
Phyllops vetus (NE) no record
Pipistrellus alaschanicus (LC) no record
Pipistrellus anchietae (LC) no record
Pipistrellus grandidieri (DD) accepted
Pipistrellus hanaki (DD) accepted
Platyrrhinus albericoi (LC) no record
Platyrrhinus aquilus (DD) not accepted; subspecies of P. umbratus
Platyrrhinus guianensis (NE) accepted
Platyrrhinus incarum (LC) not accepted; subspecies of P. helleri
Platyrrhinus masu (LC) no record
Platyrrhinus nigellus (LC) not accepted; subspecies of P. lineatus
Platyrrhinus nitelinea (DD) no record
Plecotus ariel (NE) accepted
Plecotus begognae (NE) not accepted; synonym of P. auritus
Plecotus gaisleri (NE) not accepted; subspecies of P. teneriffae
Plecotus homochrous (NE) accepted
Plecotus kozlovi (NE) accepted
Plecotus ognevi (LC) accepted
Plecotus strelkovi (NE) accepted
Plecotus turkmenicus (NE) accepted
Plecotus wardi (NE) accepted
Promops davisoni (DD) not accepted; subspecies of P. centralis
Pteronotus mesoamericanus (LC) not accepted; synonym of P. parnellii
Pteronotus rubiginosus (LC) not accepted; synonym of P. parnellii
R-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Rhinolophus chiewkweeae (NE) accepted
Rhinolophus damarensis (LC) accepted
Rhinolophus huananus (NE) accepted
Rhinolophus indorouxii (DD) no record
Rhinolophus mabuensis (NE) accepted
Rhinolophus mcintyrei (DD) accepted
Rhinolophus microglobosus (LC) accepted
Rhinolophus mossambicus (LC) accepted
Rhinolophus perditus (NE) not accepted; subspecies of R. cornutus
Rhinolophus refulgens (NE) not accepted; subspecies of R. lepidus
Rhinolophus robertsi (NE) not accepted; subspecies of R. philippensis
Rhinolophus schnitzleri (NE) accepted
Rhinolophus tatar (LC) accepted
Rhinolophus thailandensis (NE) accepted
Rhinopoma cystops (LC) accepted
Rhogeessa bickhami (LC) accepted
Rhogeessa menchuae (DD) accepted
Rhogeessa velilla (DD) no record


S-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Scotophilus andrewreborii (LC) accepted
Scotophilus colias (NE) not accepted; synonym of S. dinganii
Scotophilus ejetai (LC) accepted
Scotophilus livingstonii (LC) accepted
Scotophilus marovaza (LC) accepted
Scotophilis mhlanganii (NE) no record
Scotophilus tandrefana (DD) accepted
Sturnira adrianae (NE) no record
Sturnira angeli (NE) accepted
Sturnira bakeri (NE) accepted
Sturnira burtonlimi (DD) accepted
Sturnira hondurensis (LC) accepted
Sturnira koopmanhilli (DD) accepted
Sturnira parvidens (NE) accepted
Sturnira paulsoni (NE) accepted
Sturnira perla (DD) accepted
Submyotodon latirostris (LC) no record
T-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Thyroptera devivoi (DD) accepted
Thyroptera wynneae (DD) accepted
Triaenops afer (LC) accepted
Triaenops parvus (DD) accepted
U-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Uroderma bakeri (NE) accepted
Uroderma convexum (NE) accepted
Uroderma davisi (NE) accepted
V-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Vampyressa elisabethae (NE) no record
Vampyressa sinchi (NE) no record
Vampyrodes major (LC) not accepted; synonym of V. caraccioli
X-genus missing bats IUCN status Catalogue of Life status
Xylonycteris NA fossil taxa

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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