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Volume 82, Issue 3


Consumption of leaves by Carollia perspicillata (Chiroptera, Phyllostomidae): a new dimension of the species’ feeding ecology

Arivania S. Pereira
  • Graduate Program in Ecology and Conservation, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, São Cristóvão, Brazil
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Published Online: 2017-08-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0096


Relatively little is known about folivory in bats, which is considered an occasional item in the diet of phyllostomids. Here we provide evidence on the consumption of leaves by Carollia perspicillata in northeastern Brazil, through records of its feeding behavior using camera traps, during the monitoring of the Gruta da Janela cave. The analysis of 12 months of monitoring revealed folivory in 7 months. Extra footage (1-min samples) allowed us to confirm C. perspicillata consuming the whole leaf (juices and fibers), which was never recorded in Neotropical bats. The record provides new insights into the diet of C. perspicillata, with an important new perspective on the feeding ecology of the species. We also highlight the use of camera traps as an important tool to monitor bat colonies in permanent shelters.

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Keywords: bats; camera-trapping; diet; folivory; Senna


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Received: 2016-07-13

Accepted: 2017-07-05

Published Online: 2017-08-25

Published in Print: 2018-04-25

Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 82, Issue 3, Pages 303–307, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0096.

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