Canine tooth wear in captive little brown bats

Acta Theriologica



Upper canine teeth of little brown bats Myotis lucifugus lucifugus held in stainless steel wire mesh cages underwent severe wear which exceeded that observed previously in caged big brown bats, Eptesicus fuscus fuscus. This suggests a relationship between amount of wear and size of the caged bats with damage increasing as size decreases. Rapid wear of canine teeth by little brown bats resembled that observed in big brown bats in that it was limited to the first 2 weeks of captivity. This result indicates a universal interval for acclimation to cage conditions among vespertilionid bats. Dietary toxicants DDE and PCB did not affect the extent of wear. If bats are to be released to the wild, confinement in wire mesh cages should be avoided.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Canine tooth wear in captive little brown bats
Series title Acta Theriologica
DOI 10.4098/AT.arch.80-23
Volume 25
Issue 21
Year Published 1980
Language English
Publisher Polska Akademia Nauk
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 4 p.
First page 270
Last page 273
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