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Volume 68, Issue 4

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Bats, climate, and air microorganisms in a Romanian cave

Daniela Borda / Cristin Borda
  • 2. University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of veterinary Medecine, Hygiene and Environmental Protection Dept., Mănătur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
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  • 3. "Emil Racovitza" Speleological Institute, Clinicilor 5, 400006 Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Kogălniceanu 1, 400084 Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
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Published Online: 2007-07-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mamm.2004.033

Monthly surveys of bat dynamics, temperature, and humidity were performed for the duration of one year in a Romanian cave (Măgurici Cave). Myotis myotis/Myotis blythii, Miniopterus schreibersii, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum, and R. hipposideros were observed. The locations of the bat colonies in the cave are dependent on the temperature, humidity, on the wall structure, and underground ventilation. The air microorganisms present are in direct relation with the location of the bat colonies, showing a pronounced air infestation near the nursing colony during summer.

Key Words: Bats,; cave climate,; air microorganisms.

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Published Online: 2007-07-13

Published in Print: 2004-12-01


Citation Information: Mammalia mamm, Volume 68, Issue 4, Pages 337–343, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mamm.2004.033.

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