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The Bat Fauna of Costa Rica’s Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco and Its Implications for Bat Conservation

Robert M. Timm and Deedra K. McClearn

in The Quintessential Naturalist

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520098596
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098596.003.0012
The Bat Fauna of Costa Rica’s Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco and Its Implications for Bat Conservation

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This chapter initiates a multiyear survey of bats in the reserve and the adjacent Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cueva Los Murciélagos to quantify species diversity, abundances, habitat use, seasonality, and reproduction. It addresses the following questions in surveying bats during five rainy seasons and four dry seasons from July 1999 through February 2006: Which species of bats are present in the area? Are the bat communities the same in three different habitats—coastal/inland forest, and limestone caves? Are the species diversity and abundances of bats in the rainy season similar to those in the dry season? Can seasonal patterns of reproduction be discerned? Are the species diversity and abundances of bats at Cabo Blanco (a tropical moist forest in the Holdridge Life Zone classification) similar to those in the nearly tropical dry forest at Parque Nacional Palo Verde? What are the conservation implications of the bat assemblages found in the regenerating forest?

Keywords: bats; species diversity; abundances; habitat use; seasonality; reproduction; Cabo Blanco; Palo Verde; regenerating forest

Chapter.  23058 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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