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Novel long-distance movements by Neotropical bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) evidenced by recaptures in southeastern Brazil
- Esbérard, Carlos E. L., Godoy, Maíra S. M., Renovato, Letícia, Carvalho, William Douglas
- Studies on neotropical fauna and environment 2017 v.52 no.1 pp. 75-80
- Neotropics, Phyllostomidae, altitude, forests, mountains, Brazil
- We report recapture data for phyllostomid bats in different types of forests, and at different altitudes, obtained through long-term fieldwork in southeastern Brazil. We provide evidence of long-distance movements, with bats moving up to 120 km from mountains to the beach, with an altitudinal variation of 1,237 m. These movements demonstrate the high mobility of these bats and represent the longest distances recorded for them so far in the Neotropics, besides reinforcing the need for long-term capture and recapture programs aimed at understanding the movement dynamics of bat populations.