Journal Article

Fossil Bats from Quaternary Deposits on Bermuda (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)

Frederick V. Grady and Storrs L. Olson

in Journal of Mammalogy

Published on behalf of American Society of Mammalogists

Volume 87, issue 1, pages 148-152
Published in print February 2006 | ISSN: 0022-2372
Published online February 2006 | e-ISSN: 1545-1542 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1644/05-MAMM-A-179R1.1
Fossil Bats from Quaternary Deposits on Bermuda (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)

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Fossil remains of bats have been recovered from caves and fissures in Bermuda dating from middle Pleistocene to late Holocene. Three bones from 2 different localities are identified as eastern pipistrelle (Pipistrellus subflavus), which was not recorded from Bermuda until 2004. Remains of an individual eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis), from a 400,000-year-old beach deposit, imply that the migratory pattern in this species, a regular transient in Bermuda today, may have been established by the middle Pleistocene. Fairly common remains of Lasiurus, either L. borealis or L. seminolus, were found in 5 cave deposits. In 1 finely stratified sequence, this bat does not appear until the onset of the last glacial period, suggesting that a resident population may have become established at that time. A strong taphonomic bias, indicated by the preponderance of large wing bones, probably of females, may be the result of hawk predation.

Keywords: bat; Bermuda; Chiroptera; fossil; Holocene; Lasiurus; paleontology; Pipistrellus; Pleistocene; Quaternary

Journal Article.  3416 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences ; Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology ; Animal Ecology ; Animal Physiology ; Mammalogy

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