Bats use live fences to move between tropical dry forest remnants

José G. Martínez-Fonseca, Marlon Chávez-Velásquez, Kimberly Williams-Guillen, Carol L. Chambers

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Linear features can benefit wildlife by assisting animal movement. We captured bats along barbed-wire and live-tree fences connecting tropical dry forest patches in Nicaragua. Bat species richness and captures were higher along live fences but we noted differences in sex ratios, richness, and species composition compared to surrounding natural forests. Abstract in Spanish is available with online only.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020



  • Chiroptera
  • connectivity
  • forest patches
  • hedgerow
  • Lophostoma brasiliensis
  • Phyllostomidae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Martínez-Fonseca, J. G., Chávez-Velásquez, M., Williams-Guillen, K., & Chambers, C. L. (2020). Bats use live fences to move between tropical dry forest remnants. Biotropica, 52(1), 5-10.