Chiroptera

Records of the cave-dwelling bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) of Hispaniola with an examination of seasonal variation in diversity

Despite a long history of scientific collection of bats, Hispaniola remains the least studied island of the Greater Antilles. Using standardized trapping methods during the wet and dry season at four major caves — Honda de Julián, La Chepa, Los …

Integrating Incomplete Fossils by Isolating Conflicting Signal in Saturated and Non-Independent Morphological Characters

Morphological characters are indispensable in phylogenetic analyses for understanding the pattern, process, and tempo of evolution. If characters are independent and free of systematic errors, then combining as many different kinds of characters as …

A Cluster of Olfactory Receptor Genes Linked to Frugivory in Bats

Diversity of the mammalian olfactory receptor (OR) repertoire has been globally reshaped by niche specialization. However, little is known about the variability of the OR repertoire at a shallower evolutionary timeframe. The vast bat radiation …

Epicrates subflavus (Jamaican Boa), Foraging behavior

New and Noteworthy Records from Ten Jamaican Bat Caves

This note presents data from two expeditions to Jamaica (28 Nov-18 Dec 2001 and 20-27 Mar 2002). We surveyed 10 caves (Fig.1),collected voucher specimens from 7 of them, and document new localities for the endemic Jamaican Fig-eating bat Ariteus flavescens.

The bat fauna of Tambito, Colombia

This paper summarizes a first account of the bat fauna in the middle elevations of the Tambito Nature Reserve in the Colombian Chocó. A month-long survey using mist netting found 13 genera comprising at least 26 species. As expected from mist net bias, virtually all the bats captured were understory phyllostomids, with few exceptions. Nonetheless, high ecological diversity was confirmed with frugivorous, nectarivorous, insectivorous and sanguivorous guilds represented. Estimates using extrapolation place the real understory diversity somewhere above 30 species, making this a key site for conservation of bats in general, and the genera Sturnira, Platyrrhinus, and Vampyressa, in particular.