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Research article1996Peer reviewed

Bat species diversity in a lake archipelago in central Sweden

Johansson, Magnus; de Jong, Johnny


The bat fauna of 35 islands in a large lake in central Sweden were examined using ultrasound detectors. We tested the hypothesis that there is no difference in species number between the mainland and the island fauna. Eight species were found. Species numbers were analysed against island area, area of some habitats (coniferous forest, deciduous forest, semi-open habitats and open habitats), degree of isolation (distance from mainland and from ‘stepping stones’) and time spent searching for bats. Species number increased with area of deciduous forest. Presence of houses tended to increase species number. There seems to be a negative relationship between species number and degree of isolation (nearly significant). The results suggest that at least three species, Myotis brandti (Eversmann, 1845), M. mystacinus (Kuhl, 1819) and Plecotus auritus (Linnaeus, 1758), are negatively affected by forest patchiness. These species occurred mainly on large islands. Thus, the results do not support the hypothesis. The reasons why some species avoid open habitats are discussed. 

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Biodiversity and Conservation
1996, Volume: 5, pages: 1221-1229

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    • de Jong, Johnny

      • Department of Wildlife Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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