publication . Article . 2017

My Home Is Your Castle: Roost Making Is Sexually Selected in the Bat Lophostoma silvicolum

Dechmann, Dina K. N.; Kerth, G.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 02 Aug 2017
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
Shelters are important for the survival and reproduction of many animals and this is particularly true for bats. Depending on the future use and effect of shelters on the fitness of individuals, not all members of a group of animals may contribute equally to shelter making. Thus, knowledge about the identity of shelter-making individuals may teach us much about the social system and mating strategy of species. To exemplify this, we review what is known about the roost-making behavior and the social system of Lophostoma silvicolum, a neotropical bat that excavates roost cavities in active arboreal termite nests. Roosts in termite nests are highly beneficial for t...
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