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1 June 2016 Home Range of Noack's Round-Leaf Bat (Hipposideros aff. ruber) in an Agricultural Landscape of Central Ghana
Evans E. Nkrumah, Peter Vallo, Stefan M. Klose, Simon Ripperger, Ebenezer K. Badu, Christian Drosten, Elisabeth K. V. Kalko , Marco Tschapka, Samuel K. Oppong
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Thirteen individuals of Noack's round-leaf bat, Hipposideros aff. ruber, were radio-tracked for 38 nights in an agricultural landscape in Kwamang, Ashanti Region, Ghana. Local convex hulls were used to estimate home range sizes of the bats. Based on 1,192 fixes, the mean (± SD) home range size was 36 ha ± 35 ha. Individual home range size ranged from six to 95 ha and frequently overlapped among individuals. The foraging area covered 50% of the home range while the core area formed 2%. The mean maximum foraging distance was 1.1 km, with individual distances up to 2.6 km, suggesting Hipposideros aff. ruber is capable of covering relatively long distances. Male bats returned to the cave more often than females during the night. Although the cave was the main roost, each bat also had individual night roosts on trees.

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Evans E. Nkrumah, Peter Vallo, Stefan M. Klose, Simon Ripperger, Ebenezer K. Badu, Christian Drosten, Elisabeth K. V. Kalko , Marco Tschapka, and Samuel K. Oppong "Home Range of Noack's Round-Leaf Bat (Hipposideros aff. ruber) in an Agricultural Landscape of Central Ghana," Acta Chiropterologica 18(1), 239-247, (1 June 2016). https://doi.org/10.3161/15081109ACC2016.18.1.014
Received: 13 August 2015; Accepted: 1 January 2016; Published: 1 June 2016
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Core area
foraging area
local convex hull
maximum foraging distance
radio-tracking
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