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Ecological observations on an East-African bat community

O'shea, Thomas J. and Vaughan, Terry A. (1980) Ecological observations on an East-African bat community. Mammalia, 44 (4). pp. 485-496. ISSN 1864-1547


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The stricture 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.

Item Type: Article
ID number or DOI: 10.1515/mamm.1980.44.4.485
Keywords: East African bats; Kenya; Masalani; bushland;
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Science > Biological Sciences
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 16:58
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1066

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