Download PDF by Theodore H Fleming: A Bat Man in the Tropics: Chasing El Duende (Organisms and

By Theodore H Fleming

ISBN-10: 0520236068

ISBN-13: 9780520236066

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We did not capture Jamaican fruit-eating bats in the banana fields but frequently netted them in people’s yards around fruiting plants. We caught few free-tailed bats in our nets but discovered that four species were living under the corrugated tin roofs of the buildings around us. Tin or tile roofs are typical roosting places for these “house” bats throughout Latin America. Black mastiff and little mastiff bats lived in our attic. The Sinaloan mastiff bat was roosting in the attic of a nearby schoolhouse, and the large, blunt-eared Wagner’s bonneted bat, whose northern distributional limit is in Coral Gables, Florida, a few kilometers from my house, lived in the attic of the finca’s dispensary.

This was one species whose feeding behavior I could actually watch. The Choco family near us had two pigs that slept under our house every night. Shining my headlamp between cracks in the floor, I observed several vampires settling down to feed on the pigs one night. The bats were wary and would skitter like large spiders into the shadows of a pig when I shone my light on them. They would hop to the ground whenever the pigs stirred. The next morning, one of the pigs had a bloody ear indicating where the bats had finally fed.

To me, a well-set mist net, its gossamer nylon netting forming four shallow bags for entangling bats and birds, is a thing of beauty. Folded up in their plastic bags, the black nets look like human scalps. Once set, they form a delicate, nearly invisible wall up to twelve meters long and two meters high. Since their introduction to the scientific community in the 1930s, these elegant capture devices, used for centuries in Japan for snaring birds for the cook pot, have revolutionized the study of bats and birds.

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