Lunar phobia in phyllostomid bats at La Ceiba, Tuxpan, Veracruz

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  • Juan Manuel Pech Canché Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas y Agropecuarias - Tuxpan, Universidad Veracruzana
  • Paola Deniss Coria Villegas Universidad Veracruzana
  • Ivette Alicia Chamorro-Florescano Universidad Veracruzana
  • José Lui Alanís Méndez Universidad Veracruzana
  • Miguel Ángel Lozano-Rodríguez Universidad Veracruzana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.19136/era.a5n13.1033

Palabras clave:

Abundancia, Chiroptera, diversidad, fases lunares, riqueza

Resumen

The term lunar phobia is used to explain the behavior that some nocturnal animals have to avoid periods with greater moonlight intensity. The aim was to determine the effect of the brightness of the new moon and the full
moon on the richness, abundance and diversity of the phyllostomid bat community at the La Ceiba estate, Tuxpan, Veracruz, where the study was conducted from October 2013 to February 2014 using five mist nets for two nights per month. We captured 142 bats belonging to eight species, with Artibeus lituratus being the species with the highest records in both lunar phases (74 individuals). Although no signicant differences were found in diversity between the two lunar phases, greater cumulative species richness and abundance were recorded in the new moon (eight species, 118 individuals) than the full moon (five species, 24 individuals). The signicant decrease in abundance between the new moon and the full moon, mainly of small frugivorous species, indicates that lunar luminosity affects bat activity. It also has an effect on total species richness as three species were exclusively recorded in the new moon phase.

Biografía del autor/a

Juan Manuel Pech Canché, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas y Agropecuarias - Tuxpan, Universidad Veracruzana

Laboratorio de Vertebrados Terrestres

Investigador de Tiempo Completo

Publicado

2018-01-01

Cómo citar

Pech Canché, J. M., Coria Villegas, P. D., Chamorro-Florescano, I. A., Alanís Méndez, J. L., & Lozano-Rodríguez, M. Ángel. (2018). Lunar phobia in phyllostomid bats at La Ceiba, Tuxpan, Veracruz. Ecosistemas Y Recursos Agropecuarios, 5(13), 165-170. https://doi.org/10.19136/era.a5n13.1033

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