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Bat diversity and its distribution in Balinsasayao Twin Lakes, a wildlife sanctuary of Negros Oriental, Philippines

By: Reizl P. Jose, Wilbert A. Aureo, Charina I. Narido, Wilborn Joy A. Aurestila, Tomas D. Reyes

Key Words: Central Visayas, conservation, elevational gradient, inventory, species diversity.

Int. J. Biosci. 18(3), 182-192, March 2021.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/18.3.182-192

Certification: ijb 2021 0186 [Generate Certificate]

Abstract

This study surveyed the flying mammals of Balinsasayao Twin Lakes in Negros Oriental. Mist netting was used to sample bat species in the various sampling sites. A total number of 10 species of bats representing three families was recorded. The most commonly caught and abundant bat species in all sites was the common short-nosed fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis. The area is a secondary growth forest, hence, the abundance of this fruit bat. The watershed also supports endemic bat species at 40% as well as endangered species that include the Nyctimene rabori, Philippine tube-nosed fruit bats and Pteropus pumilus, little golden-mantled flying fox, a Near Threatened. Our results suggest that the forest supports a variety of bat species. However, efforts to protect and conserve the last remaining intact habitats should be done to protect these bat species.

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Bat diversity and its distribution in Balinsasayao Twin Lakes, a wildlife sanctuary of Negros Oriental, Philippines

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Reizl P. Jose, Wilbert A. Aureo, Charina I. Narido, Wilborn Joy A. Aurestila, Tomas D. Reyes.
Bat diversity and its distribution in Balinsasayao Twin Lakes, a wildlife sanctuary of Negros Oriental, Philippines.
Int. J. Biosci. 18(3), 182-192, March 2021.
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