Foraging, movements, and diet habits of arid-zone dwelling bats

Irene Conenna, Carmi Korine

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

Abstract

Environmental conditions are one of the main exogenous factors affecting foraging behavior in organisms and can hold an even more significant role in habitats characterized by extreme climates. Bats successfully inhabit an extensive variety of habitats, including some of the most arid habitats on Earth. In addition to being favored by powered flight and night-time activity, bats can face the challenges linked to aridity, such as scarcity and unpredictability of resource availability, by adjusting their foraging strategies via changes in temporal activity, movement patterns, and diet preferences. In this chapter, we review the knowledge available on movement patterns and diet displayed by bats in arid environments, relating these responses to the local environmental conditions and pinpointing gaps in research. Since arid conditions are predicted to characterize a larger number of regions globally under future climate change, further knowledge on behavioral responses to aridity will help predict how species inhabiting mesic regions might respond to increasingly challenging climates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Natural History of Bat Foraging
Subtitle of host publicationEvolution, Physiology, Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation
PublisherElsevier
Pages109-121
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780323918206
ISBN (Print)9780323972611
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Aridity
  • Diet
  • Movement patterns
  • Reproduction
  • Seasonality
  • Water sources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

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