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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

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UIEDA, Wilson; SATO, Therys M.; CARVALHO, Maria C. de  and  BONATO, Vinícius. Fruits as unusual food items of the carnivorous bat Chrotopterus auritus (Mammalia, Phyllostomidae) from southeastern Brazil. Rev. Bras. Zool. [online]. 2007, vol.24, n.3, pp.844-847. ISSN 0101-8175.

We record here the occurrence of seeds of several plant species in feces found inside the day roost of Chrotoperus auritus, at the Estação Experimental de Itirapina, State of São Paulo, Southeastern Brazil, in July 2001. The roost was used by only one adult female, non pregnant, during about a month. In the feces, fur of rodent (Muridae), bone fragments, fragments of Scarabaeidae and other beetles and insects, leaves (not determined) and many seeds of Piperaceae (Piper sp.), Urticaceae (Cecropia sp.) and Solanaceae (Solanum spp. and Cestrum sp.) were found. In the gut content, insect fragments, fur of rodent (Muridae) and plant remains were found. It was discussed why this carnivorous bat would be consuming plant items.

Keywords : Carnivory; feeding habits; frugivory; Phyllostominae; São Paulo State.

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