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Title: Phyllostomid bats flying in daylight: a case from the Neotropics
Authors: Bélla, Daniela Aparecida Savariz
Carvalho, Fernando
Zocche, Jairo José
Bianco, Alexandre
Vitto, João Antônio de Bittencourt
dos Santos, Raphael
Keywords: Bat
Behavioral Ecology
Foraging Behavior
Neotropical Region
New Record
Nocturnal Activity
Issue Date: 2017
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Journal of Natural History
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 51, Número 47-48, Pags. 2947-2953
Abstract: Bats (Chiroptera), one of the most diverse groups in terms of taxonomy, morphology and ecology, are known for their nocturnal behaviour of flight and feeding. Although there is no consensus on the evolution of nocturnality in bats, many authors mention risk of predation, overheating, competition and mobbing by non-competitor species as arguments to justify nocturnal instead of daytime flight in bats. Herein we describe the first records of three genera of phyllostomid bats flying, foraging and drinking water during daytime in the Brazilian Amazon. All taxa were recorded drinking water, and some Phyllostomus sp. individuals were recorded foraging on termites, alongside birds. Risk of dehydration and overheating in roosts, as well as low competition in daytime, may explain the emergence of phyllostomid bats before sunset. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1080/00222933.2017.1397227
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