Distribution and Abundance of Philippine Tube-Nosed Fruit Bat (Nyctimene rabori Heaney & Peterson) in Cebu, Philippines

Hemres M. Alburo

Abstract


A study on the distribution and abundance of the endangered Philippine tube-nosed fruit bat Nyctimene rabori was conducted from June 2014 to November 2015 in 11 sites in Cebu namely, Mt. Kapayas, Tabunan Forest, Basak, Mt. Lanaya, Nug-as, Mag-alambak, Suyac, Canbantug, Binalabag, Cansuje, and Sayao. Mist nets were used to capture bats, and the total sampling effort was 1012 net nights. A total of 74 tube-nosed fruit bats was recorded in eight areas except in Sayao, Binalabag, and Suyac with three new site distribution records namely, Cansuje, Mt. Kapayas, and Mt. Lanaya. Elevation where the species was captured ranged from 129 to 852masl. Capture rates were generally low ranging from 0.03 to 0.17, and relative abundance averaged only to 2.56%. More surveys in remaining areas throughout its range and radio telemetry may be pursued to determine food plants, roosting area, and extent of foraging grounds.


Keywords


natural fores; plantation forest; mix forest; endangered; bat

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