Conservation Actions

Currently there are no conservation actions or schemes in place for this species. However, it is being considered for inclusion in the National Wildlife Protection Act (P. Soisook, pers. comm).

Location Information

The Bala Tube-nosed Bat is known only from the lowland rainforest of Bala Forest, Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary, Narathiwat Province, south Thailand (Soisook et al. 2013). Although a lot of sampling efforts have been made in different localities of the wildlife sanctuary (P. Soisook, unpublished data), as well as in peninsular Malaysia (e.g. Kumaran et al. 2016), it has not been found outside the vicinity of the type locality. Both its EOO and AOO fit well within one 4 km² grid cell; the actual area this species is known from is between 0.06 and 1 km².

Population Information

As this bat is usually captured singly and is known only from very few records, it seems impossible to estimate the current population size. However, it is very likely that the population size is very small.

Threats

The major threat to this species is the habitat loss as the lowland forest, although legally protected, is being disturbed and converted to agricultural land.

IUCN Red List Account Link

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