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Bats in the use of a fragmented landscape of Atlantic Forest of Southern Brazil

Grant number: 12/12348-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2012
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Wagner André Pedro
Grantee:Urubatan Moura Skerratt Suckow
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/11375-5 - Effects of noise pollution in the community of bats in the city of Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America, BE.EP.MS

Abstract

The bat species may respond in different ways to the conversion of natural areas in disturbed areas. While some are severely affected, others are able to tolerate and utilize the most diverse habitats that make up a landscape changed. Studies dealing with the matter end evaluating the structural aspects of the assemblages and, when related to the interpretation of movements and habitat use, are restricted to few taxa and regions. This proposal aims to evaluate the richness, abundance and rate of activity of bats in five different habitats in a fragmented landscape of Atlantic forest of southern Brazil, testing the hypotheses that: 1) greater riches and abundance of bat species are expected for the interior of forest remnants in relation to damaged areas, 2) monoculture areas and urban centers have lower rates of activity of bats than those observed in the interior of forest fragments, and 3) bats show greater activity in alluvial habitat preserved than habitats alluvial degraded. Sampling is performed by two different methods and further, the mist-nets and ultrasound detectors. The obtained results allow to evaluate the influences of the local landscape on the bats, giving support to the discussions that include the effects of fragmentation and the importance of ecological corridors (in this case represented by riparian forest) on an extremely important role in maintenance of various ecological processes.

Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
SUCKOW, Urubatan Moura Skerratt. Atividade de morcegos em cinco hábitats de uma paisagem fragmentada de Floresta Atlântica do sul do Brasil. 2014. 68 f. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" Instituto de Biociencias, Letras e Ciencias Exatas..

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