Responses of bat social groups to roost loss: More questions than answers

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Edited by: Jorge Ortega

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Abstract

Though characterization of, and understanding determinants of, social structure in bats is increasing, little is known about how bat social groups respond to disturbance resulting in roost loss. Given that many species of bats roost in ephemeral or transitory resources such as plants, it is clear that bat social groups can tolerate some level of roost loss. Understanding responses of bat social groups to roost loss can provide insight into social structure that have applied conservation use. Herein, we review the existing literature on the effects of disturbance on bat social groups, and present a parameterizable agent-based model that can be used to explore the relationships among roost dynamics, population dynamics, and social behavior.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Responses of bat social groups to roost loss: More questions than answers
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-38953-0_13
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Leetown
Description 20 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Sociality in bats
First page 261
Last page 280