Diversity of bats in contrasting habitats of hulu terengganu dipterocarp forest and setiu wetland bris forest with a note on preliminary study of vertical stratification of pteropodid bats

Pounsin, Grace and Nur Syahirah, binti Wahab and Azuan, bin Roslan and Muhamad Aidil, bin Zahidin and Pesiu, Elizabeth and Nur Aida, binti Md Tamrin and Mohd Tajuddin, bin Abdullah (2018) Diversity of bats in contrasting habitats of hulu terengganu dipterocarp forest and setiu wetland bris forest with a note on preliminary study of vertical stratification of pteropodid bats. Tropical Life Sciences Research, 29 (1). pp. 51-69. ISSN 1985-3718

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Abstract

A study of the bat diversity was conducted in Hulu Terengganu dipterocarp forest and Setiu Wetland Beach Ridges Interspersed with Swales (BRIS) forest in Terengganu, to study the species diversity, composition and stratification of fruit bats from the understorey to the forest canopy. Mist nets were set up at the understorey, sub-canopy and canopy layer while harp traps were set up at the understorey layer. We recorded 170 individuals from six families’ compromised 21 species from Hulu Terengganu dipterocarp forests and four species from Setiu Wetland BRIS forests throughout the sampling period. Megaerops ecaudatus and Cynopterus brachyotis were the most dominant species in Hulu Terengganu dipterocarp forest and Setiu Wetland BRIS forests. Our study also recorded two species with new distributional records for the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, namely, Rhinolophus chiewkweeae and Chaerephon johorensis in Hulu Terengganu dipterocarp forests. Potential factors that might influence the results were in terms of the canopy covers, the structural complexity of canopy, food availability and spatial characteristics. This study was able to increase the knowledge on the species diversity and composition of bats in Hulu Terengganu dipterocarp forest and Setiu Wetland BRIS forest, thus, further aid in the effort of bat conservation in both areas. © Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2018.

Item Type: E-Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kelawar, Diversiti, Stratifikasi, Hutan Dipterokap, Hutan BRIS, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 28 May 2018 04:13
Last Modified: 28 May 2018 04:13
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/20299

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