Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

p. 169-173

Bats from the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Southeastern Brazil

Araujo Perini, Fernandoda Cunha Tavares, ValériaMaria Dias Nascimento, Cecília

We report a list of species of bats occurring in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state, southeastern Brazil. We recorded 16 species belonging to three families,Vespertilionidae, Molossidae, and Phyllostomidae. Artibeus lituratus was by far the most abundant species, representing 70% of the captures. Remnants of native vegetation in urban parks as well as the urban arborization which frequently includes chiropterocoric or chiropterophilous species, as well as the illumination that attracts a great range of insects and houses and buildings also attract and maintain a quite rich assemblage of bats living in Belo Horizonte. Roost search seems to be the most effective method to find mollosids that would not be recorded by mist netting.