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Ecological observations on an East African bat community

January 1, 1980

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.

Publication Year 1980
Title Ecological observations on an East African bat community
DOI 10.1515/mamm.1980.44.4.485
Authors Thomas J. O'Shea, Terry A. Vaughan
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Mammalia
Index ID 70120141
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse