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Additional records of bats from the middle Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico

January 1, 1999

The resident and migratory bat fauna of the middle Rio Grande Valley in central New Mexico is inadequately known. Many of the specimen records from this valley are from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, ca. 20 km S of Socorro, Socorro Co. Findley et al. (1975) reported Myotis lucifugus, M. yumanensis, Lasiurus cinereus, and Tadarida brasiliensis from the refuge to which Reith (1982) added Antrozous pallidus. During June and July 1994, we netted nine nights and conducted visual searches of known roosts to capture 67 bats of seven species as part of a baseline survey of bats on the refuge. We surveyed artificial wetlands in the transitional zone between riparian forest and adjacent desert-grassland, within ca. 2 km of the Rio Grande. Nearby agricultural fields and ponds managed primarily for use by waterfowl provided numerous sites suitable for foraging and drinking by bats. We report four new species records for the refuge, one of  which is also a new county record. Voucher material is deposited in the Biological Survey Collection, Fort Collins (BS/FC), now housed in the Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB), University of New Mexico.

Publication Year 1999
Title Additional records of bats from the middle Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico
Authors Ernest W. Valdez, James N. Stuart, Michael A. Bogan
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Southwestern Naturalist
Index ID 70180893
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center