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Effects of Artificial Roosts for Frugivorous Bats on Seed Dispersal in a Neotropical Forest Pasture Mosaic

Literature: Journal Articles

Kelm, D.H., Wiesner, K.R. & Helversen, O.V. 2008, "Effects of Artificial Roosts for Frugivorous Bats on Seed Dispersal in a Neotropical Forest Pasture Mosaic", Conservation Biology, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 733-741.

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  • Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Evolutionary Ecology Research Group, PF 601103, 10252 Berlin, Germany

  • University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute for Zoology 2, Staudtstr. 5, 91058 Erlangen, Germany


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  • This article evaluates whether the installation of bat roosts into abandoned pasture sites can attract frigivorous bats into pasture areas and encourage seed rain of early-successional plant species.
  • At the La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica, the authors set up bat roosts simulating hollow tree trunks in areas of continuous forest and disturbed areas (small forest fragments (< 3 ha) or tree stands in pasture at various distances from forest).
  • All roosts were placed in shade to avoid excessive heat. Authors captured bats and collected feces to evaluate the diversity of bats and their food resources between habitats.
  • The authors found that bat roosts in the disturbed areas were colonized by frugivorous and nectarivorous bats and augmented the seed rain.
  • The seed rain was higher near the artificial roosts than at control sites, and many of the seeds belonged to early-successional plant species.
  • Ten species showed comparable levels of colonization in the artificial roosts compared with natural roosts. Sixty-nine seed species were transported to artificial roosts in the disturbed habitats.
  • The authors assert that the use of artificial bat roosts can improve the dispersal of seeds into disturbed areas in need of forest restoration.

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Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Costa Rica
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