Sympatric woodland myotis bats form tight-knit social groups with exclusive roost home ranges
August, Thomas A.
Nunn, Miles A
Fensome, Amy G
Linton, Danielle M
Public Library of Science
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The structuring of wild animal populations can influence population dynamics, disease spread, and information transfer. Social network analysis potentially offers insights into these processes but is rarely, if ever, used to investigate more than one species in a community. We therefore compared the social, temporal and spatial networks of sympatric Myotis bats (M. nattereri (Natterer's bats) and M. daubentonii (Daubenton's bats)), and asked: (1) are there long-lasting social associations within species? (2) do the ranges occupied by roosting social groups overlap within or between species? (3) are M. daubentonii bachelor colonies excluded from roosting in areas used by maternity groups?
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
The dataset relating to this publication is available in ORE from: http://hdl.handle.net/10871/15661
Vol. 9, Issue 10, article e112225
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