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Habitat Preference of Microchiropteran Bats in three Districts of Tamilnadu, South India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Environmental Science, PSN College of Engg and Tech, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, INDIA
  • 2Department of Zoology, Sri Paramakalyani College, Alwarkurichi, Tamilnadu, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 1, Issue (5), Pages 24-30, September,10 (2012)


Habitat preference on ten species of microchiropteran species in southern districts of Tamilnadu, south India revealed that their exists some discrimancies in habitat selection. There exhibit a variation in selection of roosting site by bats. City limit habitat was the most favoured by bats like H. speoris, T. melanopogon, and P. mimus, where as species like R. hardwickaii and T. nudiventris prefers hillock habitats. M. lyra and H. ater prefers agricultural field as habitat. Bats were observed to prefer their roosting habitat, where they have foraging resources in the close vicinity. Even though the study revealed a higher priority of habitat selection towards one habitat, they were also found to use another habitat too. This may because of the foraging and roosting opportunities it gains from the habitat.


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