Evidence of homing following translocation of long‐tailed bats (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) at Grand Canyon Cave, New Zealand

Guilbert, J. M., Walker, M. M., Greif, S., & Parsons, Stuart (2007) Evidence of homing following translocation of long‐tailed bats (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) at Grand Canyon Cave, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 34(3), pp. 239-246.

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Homing behaviour in the New Zealand long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus), a temperate insectivorous species, was investigated at Grand Canyon Cave, central North Island. A pilot study of nine adult male bats was conducted to determine whether use of the cave was regular enough for a homing study. Eight bats returned to the cave over the 3 week monitoring period, six on the night of the following release. Nine additional bats carrying radio transmitters were then released at three sites (three at each site) c.5, 10 and 20km due east of the border of, and outside the population's known familiar area respectively. All but one of these nine was subsequently detected at the cave. Results suggest that adult long-tailed bats are able to return home following displacement both inside and outside their familiar area. Implications of these findings for translocations of bats and the possessions of a potential long distance navigation system by this species are discussed.

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ID Code: 79767
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Chalinolobus tuberculatus, homing, navigation, New Zealand, translocation failure
DOI: 10.1080/03014220709510082
ISSN: 1175-8821
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 The Royal Society of New Zealand
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2015 06:05
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 04:37

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