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  • Habitat selection by Myotis bechsteinii in the southwestern Iberian Peninsula.

    Author(s) : Napal, M.Garin, I.Goiti, U.Salsamendi, E.Aihartza, J.

    Author Affiliation : Department of Zoology and Animal Cell Biology, University of the Basque Country, 644 PK, E-48080 Bilbao, Spain.

    Author Email : joxerra.aihartza@ehu.es

    Journal article : Annales Zoologici Fennici 2010 Vol.47 No.4 pp.239-250 ref.many

    Abstract : Bechstein's bat (Myotis bechsteiniimyotis bechsteiniiSubject Category: Organism Names
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    ) is one of the rarest European bat species. In oceanic climates, they appear to be restricted to woodlandswoodlandsSubject Category: Vegetation Types
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    woodlandsSubject Category: HabitatshabitatsSubject Category: Habitats
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    , with preference for mature deciduous forestsdeciduous forestsSubject Category: Vegetation Types
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    in lowlands. We investigated habitat selectionhabitat selectionSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    by 20 lactating femaleslactating femalesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    belonging to 13 maternity colonies in Mediterranean landscapes. Deciduous forests (particularly Quercus pyrenaicaquercus pyrenaicaSubject Category: Organism Names
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    ) were positively selected, and coniferous forestsconiferous forestsSubject Category: Vegetation Types
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    were opportunistically used, whereas no foragingforagingSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    bouts occurred in evergreen broadleaved woodlands or in non-forested areas. Bats preferred to forage inside the forest rather than in edges or clearings. Stands of high canopy cover were also preferred. The preference for deciduous over evergreen broadleaved woodlands suggests that other variables such as prey availability, rather than structural constraints, drive habitat selection. M. bechsteinii might be abundant in well preserved deciduous forests within its Mediterranean range, in which the species' distribution might be limited by habitat loss and degradation related to agricultural practices and deforestation.

    ISSN : 0003-455X

    URL : http://www.sekj.org/anz/anz474.htm#239

    Record Number : 20103261587

    Publisher : Finnish Zoological and Botanical Publishing Board

    Location of publication : Helsinki

    Country of publication : Finland

    Language of text : English

    Indexing terms for this abstract:

    Organism descriptor(s) : MyotismyotisSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , Myotis bechsteiniimyotis bechsteiniiSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , Quercus pyrenaicaquercus pyrenaicaSubject Category: Organism Names
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    Descriptor(s) : broadleaved evergreen forestsbroadleaved evergreen forestsSubject Category: Vegetation Types
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    , coniferous forestsconiferous forestsSubject Category: Vegetation Types
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    , deciduous forestsdeciduous forestsSubject Category: Vegetation Types
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    , foragingforagingSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , forest bordersforest bordersSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , forestsforestsSubject Category: Habitats
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    , habitat degradationhabitat degradationSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , habitat selectionhabitat selectionSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , lactating femaleslactating femalesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , spatial distributionspatial distributionSubject Category: Properties
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    , woodlandswoodlandsSubject Category: Habitats
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    , habitat destructionhabitat destructionSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , habitatshabitatsSubject Category: Habitats
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    , ecologyecologySubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    Identifier(s) : habitat loss

    Geographical Location(s) : PortugalportugalSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , SpainspainSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    Broader term(s) : VespertilionidaevespertilionidaeSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , ChiropterachiropteraSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , mammalsmammalsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , vertebratesvertebratesSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , ChordatachordataSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , animalsanimalsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , eukaryoteseukaryotesSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , MyotismyotisSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , QuercusquercusSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , FagaceaefagaceaeSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , FagalesfagalesSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , eudicotseudicotsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , angiospermsangiospermsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , SpermatophytaspermatophytaSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , plantsplantsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , Community of Portuguese Language Countriescommunity of portuguese language countriesSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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    , Developed Countriesdeveloped countriesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , European Union Countrieseuropean union countriesSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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    , Mediterranean Regionmediterranean regionSubject Category: Biogeographic Regions
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    , OECD Countriesoecd countriesSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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    , Southern Europesouthern europeSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , EuropeeuropeSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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