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1 June 2016 Molecular Dietary Analysis of the Endangered Ozark Big-Eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens)
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Molecular techniques allow amplification of a mitochondrial barcoding gene, cytochrome c oxidase (COI), of prey DNA in bat fecal material that can be used to identify insect species. Most studies designed to use a molecular approach for dietary studies of bats suggest that fecal material should be collected within one week of deposit to prevent environmental degradation or contamination. However, Ozark big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens) are highly susceptible to human disturbance. The purpose of this study was to performing a molecular dietary analysis of Ozark big-eared bats. Our study detected 40 species representing two orders (Diptera and Lepidoptera) and 11 families of insects and thus, providing new information regarding dietary habits of Ozark big-eared bats.

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Ronald A. Van Den Bussche, Dana N. Lee, Megan E. Judkins, Jenny E. Dyer, Denise M. Thompson, Richard C. Stark, William L. Puckette, and Brian Fuller "Molecular Dietary Analysis of the Endangered Ozark Big-Eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens)," Acta Chiropterologica 18(1), 181-191, (1 June 2016).
Received: 19 October 2015; Accepted: 1 February 2016; Published: 1 June 2016

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