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1 December 2016 Fission and Reorganization of Maternity Colonies by Human Disturbance in the Greater Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum
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The greater horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum, is a large cave-dwelling bat and is commonest among cave-dwelling bat species in Japan. Cave-dwelling bats are very sensitive during the maternity season, and disturbance to maternity colonies often results in a serious impact on regional populations. However, a casual observation revealed R. ferrumequinum overcame serious accidental human disturbance by securing a new maternity cave and forming a new colony. The ability of R. ferrumequinum to respond flexibly to unexpected disturbance may be advantageous for the prosperity as the dominant Japanese cave-dwelling bat.

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Akira Sano "Fission and Reorganization of Maternity Colonies by Human Disturbance in the Greater Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum," Mammal Study 41(4), 239-243, (1 December 2016). https://doi.org/10.3106/041.041.0409
Received: 31 May 2016; Accepted: 1 September 2016; Published: 1 December 2016
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