Balantiopteryx infusca (Thomas, 1897:546)

Brown sac-wing bat, Ecuadorian sac-winged bat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Saccopteryx infusca Thomas, 1897 (basionym)


Conservation Status

Last record: 5 January 1897

Rediscovered on 25 December 1991


IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable



Esmeraldas, Ecuador












Original scientific description:

Thomas, O. (1897). Descriptions of new bats and rodents from America. The Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Series 6, 20: 544-553.


Other references:

Alberico, M., Cadena, A., Hernández-Camacho, J. and Muñoz-Saba, Y. 2000. Mamíferos (Synapsida: Theria) de Colombia. Biota Colombiana 1(1): 43-75.

Albuja-V, L. 1999. Murcielagos del Ecuador. Cicetronica Cia, Quito, Ecuador.

Álvarez, M.D. 2002. Illicit crops and bird conservation priorities in Colombia. Conservation Biology 164(4): 1086-1096.

Álvarez, M.D. 2003. Forests in the time of violence: conservation implications of the Colombian war. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 16(3/4): 49-70.

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Castaño-Salazar, John Harold and Cárdenas-Mosquera, Blas Antonio. (2020). New distribution record of the brown sac-wing bat Balantiopteryx infusca in Colombia / Nuevo registro de distribución del murciélago café de sacos alares Balantiopteryx infusca en Colombia. Therya Notes 1 (1): 82-85.

Dávalos, L. Burneo, S. and Lim, B. (2008). Balantiopteryx infusca. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 02 March 2013.

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Carlos Ibáñez, Javier Juste, Ricardo López-Wilchis, Luis Albuja V. and Arturo Núñez-Garduño. (2002). Echolocation of three species of Sac-winged bats (Balantiopteryx). Journal of Mammalogy 83(4): 1049-1057. [Abstract]

McCarthy, Timothy J., Albuja, Luis and Manzano, Ivan. (2000). Rediscovery of the Brown Sac-wing bat, Balantiopteryx infusca (Thomas, 1897), in Ecuador. Journal of Mammalogy 81(4): 958-961. [Abstract]

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Simmons, N.B. 2005. Order Chiroptera. In: D.E. Wilson and D.M. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World, pp. 312-529. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, USA.

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Tirira, D. (2015). Balantiopteryx infusca. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T2531A22029804. Downloaded on 22 March 2016.

Velandia-Perilla, Jorge Horacio et al. (2021). New Record of the Brown Sac-Wing Bat, Balantiopteryx infusca (Chiroptera, Emballonuridae) in Colombia. Mammalogy Notes 7(1): 194.


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