RODRIGUEZ-SAN PEDRO A, JL ALLENDES & G OSSA (2019) Riqueza y actividad de murciélagos en remanentes de bosque nativo de la Cordillera de la Costa del centro-sur de Chile (Bat species richness and activity in native forest remnants of the Coastal Range in southern-central Chile). En: Smith-Ramírez C & F.A. Squeo (Ed.), Biodiversidad y Ecología de los Bosques Costeros de Chile (pp 353-360). Osorno, Chile: Editorial Universidad de Los Lagos.
We compared bat activity and bat species richness in remnants of the Coastal Mountain Range in central and southern Chile and evaluated seasonal variations in their distribution patterns. A total of seven bat species were recorded, of which Tadarida brasiliensis and Myotis chiloensis were the dominant species, followed by Lasiurus varius. Overall, bat activity did not significantly differ between remnants from central and southern zones; in contrast, seasonal variations were detected in bat activity, being significantly more active in summer, compared to spring and winter. The coastal forest of southern-central Chile harbors more than 50% of the total bat species described in the country; therefore, its conservation is fundamental to the persistence of bat populations in Chile.