Low diversity of fruit bats in the East Coast islands of Terengganu, Malaysia

NUR FARAH WAHIDA, MOHD-ZAKIR and Mohd Ridwan, Abd Rahman and MOHD. FAUDZIR, NAJMUDDIN and N., YAMAGUCHI and M. A. B., ABDUL-LATIFF and M. T., ABDULLAH (2021) Low diversity of fruit bats in the East Coast islands of Terengganu, Malaysia. Malayan Nature Journal, 73 (4). pp. 633-639. ISSN 0025-1291

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Abstract

Fruit bats are important pollinators for plants and play important ecological functions and services in the tropical rain forest. Fruit bats are considered more important for the ecological rehabilitation and health of the plant community on islands as other pollinators may not be able to fly across open sea and reach the island. This study was conducted to determine the diversity of fruit bats in three contrasting Terengganu offshore islands, namely, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Bidong, and Pulau Redang. A total of 40 individuals of four species were captured using 10 mist nets during the 180 mist-net night sampling period from June 27, 2019 until February 29, 2020. Pulau Bidong had the highest number of bats captured (22), followed by Pulau Redang (18) and Pulau Perhentian (0). The most frequently captured species was Cynopterus brachyotis in both islands. No yield in Pulau Perhentian may be caused by tourism activity, seasonal movement following flowering and fruiting trees, or inadequate sampling effort in multiple sites. The data can be further used to determine factors in assessing threats and for future conservation by the management authorities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bats, Chiroptera, Terengganu, island population, biogeography, South China Sea
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Centre for Pre-University Studies
Depositing User: Abd Rahman @ Tahir
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2022 01:42
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 01:42
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/37794

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