Man-made maternity roost selection by Scotophilus kuhlii (Lesser Asiatic yellow bat) in two anthropogenically altered habitats

Abd Rahman Nuratiqah, Badrul Azhar, Salmah Yaakop, Yong Foo Ng, J. S. Ting, Zubaid Akbar Mukhtar Ahmad

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Scotophilus kuhlii is a highly gregarious bat that thrives in anthropogenically altered habitats readily roosting in man-made structures. Although widespread, information on the ecology of S. kuhlii is very scarce in Southeast Asia. We conducted this study to determine if the females used the same day roost as a maternity roost in buildings in an agricultural and suburban habitat from July 2013 to April 2015. The females were found to use the same day roost as a maternity roost as the buildings provided a higher temperature and more stable thermal conditions as compared to the ambient temperature. We found that there was a significant positive relationship between roost microclimate and ambient microclimate. Based on the observation of the external body condition, females were found to be seasonally monoestrous. Our findings are useful for conservation and management of these synantrophic bats where natural roost sites are lacking and in managing human-bat conflicts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalMalayan Nature Journal
Volume69
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Agricultural habitat
  • Day roost
  • Maternity roost
  • Microclimate
  • Reproduction
  • Suburban habitat
  • Synanthropic bats

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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Man-made maternity roost selection by Scotophilus kuhlii (Lesser Asiatic yellow bat) in two anthropogenically altered habitats. / Nuratiqah, Abd Rahman; Azhar, Badrul; Yaakop, Salmah; Ng, Yong Foo; Ting, J. S.; Mukhtar Ahmad, Zubaid Akbar.

In: Malayan Nature Journal, Vol. 69, No. 1, 2017, p. 31-39.

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Nuratiqah, Abd Rahman ; Azhar, Badrul ; Yaakop, Salmah ; Ng, Yong Foo ; Ting, J. S. ; Mukhtar Ahmad, Zubaid Akbar. / Man-made maternity roost selection by Scotophilus kuhlii (Lesser Asiatic yellow bat) in two anthropogenically altered habitats. In: Malayan Nature Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 69, No. 1. pp. 31-39.
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