Comparative community ecology of bats from eastern Paraguay: Taxonomic, ecological, and biogeographic perspectives

Richard D. Stevens, Michael R. Willig, Isabel Gamarra De Fox

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Abstract

Based on more than a year and a half of intensive fieldwork, we document the community structure of bats at 2 sites (Reserva Natural del Bosque Mbaracayú and Yaguareté Forests) in eastern Paraguay. Twenty-nine species from 17 genera and 3 families were documented based on more than 7,000 captures. In general, these communities share greatest affinities with either Atlantic rainforest or savanna-grassland sites of South America. Significant differences exist between these communities in terms of structure based on rank-abundance distributions and species composition. Moreover, Yaguareté exhibits significantly more species than does Mbaracayú even after removing the effects of differences due to high-flying insectivores. No significant differences existed between communities regarding other aspects of taxonomic diversity (e.g., evenness, diversity, or dominance of species) or any aspect of functional diversity. A higher degree of habitat heterogeneity at Yaguareté likely underlies these differences in community structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)698-707
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Mammalogy
Volume85
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2004

Keywords

  • Atlantic rainforest
  • Bat community
  • Chiroptera
  • Community structure
  • Functional diversity
  • Molossidae
  • Paraguay
  • Phyllostomidae
  • Taxonomic diversity
  • Vespertilionidae

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