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Meta-analysis of summer roosting characteristics of two species of Myotis bats

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Lacki, Michael; Cox, Daniel R.; Dickinson, Matthew B.

Year Published

2009

Publication

American Midland Naturalist. 162: 318-326.

Abstract

We compared roost site characteristics of the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and northern bat (M. septentrionalis), which form maternity colonies in cavities and beneath bark of dead (snags) and living trees in eastern North American forests. We used published data (n = 28 sources; n = 1145 roost trees) from studies completed where the distributions of the two species overlap and evaluated a suite of habitat features that might affect roost selection and interspecific competition between these two congeners. We found no differences between these species in average height of roost aboveground, density of snags in the vicinity of roosts, selection of live trees versus snags or relative elevation.

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Lacki, Michael, J.; Cox, Daniel R.; Dickinson, Matthew B. 2009. Meta-analysis of summer roosting characteristics of two species of Myotis bats. American Midland Naturalist 162:321-329.

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