publication . Article . Other literature type . 2004

Ecology of an exceptional roost: energetic benefits could explain why the bat Lophostoma silvicolum roosts in active termite nests

Dina Dechmann; Kalko, Elisabeth K. V.; Kerth, Gerald;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2004
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
The ability to create shelters that provide protection from the environment is widespread among animals. However, in spite of the central role roosts play in the life of bats (Chiroptera), only a few species have developed the ability to make their own refuges, one of them being the Neotropical Lophostoma silvicolum. This bat creates and inhabits cavities in active arboreal nests of the termite Nasutitermes corniger. We measured temperature in cavities inside active and dead termite nests, and in tree holes occupied by closely related bats, to determine whether energetic benefits compensate for the cost of excavating the hard nests. The inside temperatures of ac...
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free text keywords: Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, 570 Life sciences; biology, 590 Animals (Zoology)
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2004

Ecology of an exceptional roost: energetic benefits could explain why the bat Lophostoma silvicolum roosts in active termite nests

Dina Dechmann; Kalko, Elisabeth K. V.; Kerth, Gerald;