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Authors: Steven M. Goodman, Daudet Andriafidison, Radosoa Andrianaivoarivelo, Scott G. Cardiff, and Edina Ifticene.
Additional Contributors: Richard K. B. Jenkins, Amyot Kofoky, Tsibara Mbohoahy, Daniel Rakotondravony, Julie Ranivo, Fanja Ratrimomanarivo, Julie Razafimanahaka, and Paul A. Racey.
Print ISSN: 1367-9430
Online ISSN: 1469-1795
Language: English
No. of Pages: 7
Dimensions: 210mm x 297mm x 1mm
DOI: 10.1017/S136794300500199X

Item Identification Code (UID#): 941
Shelving Location: Papers & Articles: Natural History: Mammalogy
Estimated Value: £1.00
Purchase Date: 28 November 2006
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The Distribution and Conservation of Bats in the Dry Regions of Madagascar

Animal Conservation 8: pp. 153-165.
The Zoological Society of London / Cambridge University Press (2005).
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A study of the distribution of bat species in Madagascar based on research carried out between 2001 and 2004. Some observations and suggestions are made regarding conservation of these species.


We carried out extensive field surveys in the dry forest portions of Madagascar to document the species of bats occurring in these regions. These data combined with information in the literature and museum specimen records indicate that 28 species of Chiroptera occur in this region of the island, of which we documented 27 during our inventories. The community composition at sites occurring in areas of water-eroded sedimentary rock is notably different from sites on alluvial substrates. In contrast to the majority of native land mammal species on Madagascar, much of the microchiropteran fauna is not dependent on large tracts of intact forest and anthropogenic perturbations of forests may have less direct impact on their long-term survival. Conservation strategies for Chiroptera in the dry regions of the island should focus on reducing various types of human disturbance of cave environments.


  • Article received by journal: 15 July 2004
  • Article accepted by journal: 20 September 2004

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