Bats found in the city of Belo Horizonte, MG, 1999-2003

L.V. De Knegt J.A. Silva E.C. Moreira G.L. Sales About the authors

A total of 316 bats were trapped using mist nets during 18 nights at nine strategic locations in Belo Horizonte between 1999 and 2001. The most predominant species were Artibeus lituratus (Olfers, 1818), 55.1%, Platyrrhinus lineatus (Geoffroy, 1810), 24.4%, and Glossophaga soricina (Pallas, 1766), 10.1%. Other trapped species were: Sturnira lilium (Geoffroy, 1810), Phyllostomus discolor (Wagner, 1843), Carollia perspicillata (Linnaeus, 1758), Myotis nigricans (Schinz, 1821) and Anoura caudifer (Geoffroy, 1818), resulting in a total of eight species belonging the families Phyllostomidae and Vespertilionidae. All species bred predominantly during the wet season, probably because of the need for food availability to support energetic demands during pregnancy and lactation. However, all species bred at other times of the year as well. An updated list of bat species found in Belo Horizonte was prepared which included those observed in the first part of this study, those cited in scientific papers and academic collections and those recorded in additional observations during 2002 and 2003.

bat; chiroptera; trapping; reproduction; roost

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