Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

p. 64-66

Roosts used by bats in the state of Espírito Santo, southeastern Brazil

Mendes, PolianaBernardi Vieira, ThiagoOprea, MonikBrito, DanielDavid Ditchfield, Albert

Bats use a wide array of roosts, both natural and artificial (Kunz e Lumsden 2003). Day roosts are generally used for protection against predators and weather, for resting and for social interactions (Kunz 1982; Keeley e Tuttle 1999). Night roosts are generally used for feeding between foraging periods (Keeley e Tuttle 1999). Roost selection may be influenced by roost abundance and availability, predation risk, abundance and distribution of food resources and social structure. Abiotic factors, such as luminosity, temperature and humidity, also influence roost selection by bats (Kunz 1982).[...]