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1 October 1999 Roost Selection, Population Size and Habitat Use by a Colony of Rafinesque's Big-eared Bats (Corynorhinus rafinesquii)
Tracy E. Hurst, Michael J. Lacki
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Abstract

Rafinesque's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii) is a species of concern throughout much of its range, with limited information available on the life history of this rare bat. We tracked patterns of population size, measured roost temperatures and used radiotelemetry to locate foraging areas of C. rafinesquii inhabiting a sandstone cave, which these bats used as both a hibernaculum and a maternity site. Counts of hibernating C. rafinesquii ranged from 14–49, with summer colony size reaching a maximum of 118 bats. Bats roosted in different rooms of the cave in winter and summer. Temperatures in a room used in winter were consistently cooler and less stable than temperatures in the room used as the maternity site. Size of foraging areas ranged from 61.6–225.3 ha, and distance of foraging areas from the roost varied from 0.12–1.22 km. We detected no bat >2.5 km from the roost of capture. Bats foraged along ridgelines supporting upland oak-hickory forest.

Tracy E. Hurst and Michael J. Lacki "Roost Selection, Population Size and Habitat Use by a Colony of Rafinesque's Big-eared Bats (Corynorhinus rafinesquii)," The American Midland Naturalist 142(2), 363-371, (1 October 1999). https://doi.org/10.1674/0003-0031(1999)142[0363:RSPSAH]2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 1 January 1999; Published: 1 October 1999
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