Journal article

Seasonal changes in activity and weight of Miniopterus schreibersi blepotis (Chiroptera) in north-eastern New South Wales

PD Dwyer

Australian Journal of Zoology | CSIRO Publishing | Published : 1963


In north-eastern New South Wales M. s. blepotis occupies caves and mines in three distinct climatic regions: the subtropical coastal belt, the tablelands (cold winters), and the inland slopes (intermediate winter temperatures). Conspicuous seasonal differences in level of daytime activity are evident at roosts. In the summer the bats typically disperse rapidly from clusters, but during the winter they are relatively sluggish and may remain clustered for more than half an hour after disturbance. Selection of different roosting sites and a change in the roosting attitude of the bats accompanies the changes in level of activity. During the winter, feeding activity is considerably reduced except..

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