Ecological observations on an East African bat community

Mammalia
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Abstract

The structure and ecology of bat faunas is a subject of interest to mammalogists (Findley, 1976; Wilson, 1973). Syntopic African bat communities, however, have received little study in comparison with neotropical faunas (cf. Fleming et al., 1972; LaVal and Fitch, 1977; McNab, 1971). Verschuren (1957) presented natural history information and species accounts for a localized central African bat fauna. Foraging related characteristics of a Rhodesian community have also been analyzed (Fenton, 1975; Fenton et al., 1977), but not on a seasonal basis. Other reports on African bat faunas are restricted to regional summaries (cf. Koopman, 1975 or Rosevear, 1965) and do not consider ecological aspects of a single localized community. The purpose of our study was to follow species composition, reproduction, and foraging related characteristics of an East African bat fauna over a full annual cycle.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Ecological observations on an East African bat community
Series title Mammalia
DOI 10.1515/mamm.1980.44.4.485
Volume 44
Issue 4
Year Published 1980
Language English
Publisher Muséum national d'histoire naturelle
Publisher location Paris
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Mammalia
First page 485
Last page 496
Other Geospatial Africa