The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Pipistrellus sturdeei Thomas, 1915:230

Ogasawara oil bat, Bonin pipistrelle, Sturdee’s pipistrelle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last Record: 1915 or prior

IUCN status: Data Deficient


There is considerable doubt over the accuracy of the type locality given, from which of the collection of the holotype occured. As a result of this the species may still be extant.



Hahajima Island, Bonin Islands, Japan?






This species is only known from a single specimen.






Original scientific description:

Thomas, Oldfield. (1915). On bats of the genera Nyctalus, Tylonycteris, and Pipistrellus. The Annals and magazine of natural history; zoology, botany, and geology (8) 15(85): 230-231.


Other references:

Görföl, Tamás, Fukui, Dai and Csorba, Gábor. (2020). The taxonomic reassessment of a reportedly extinct bat, Pipistrellus sturdeei (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Zootaxa 4755(1): 163-170. [Abstract]

Maeda, K. (2008). Pipistrellus sturdeei. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 18 October 2011.

Yoshiyuki, M. (1989). A systematic study of the Japanese Chiroptera. National Science Museum, Tokyo. 242 pp.


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