Foraging of the Indian Short-nosed Fruit Bat Cynopterus sphinx on banana in shops and on the pieces dropped by monkeys at a temple

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A. Rathinakumar
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9933-3379
S. Baskaran
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6630-8476
G. Marimuthu
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7874-645X

Abstract

The Indian Short-nosed Fruit Bat Cynopterus sphinx fed on the pieces of banana fruit that were dropped by monkeys on the tower of a temple and in nearby shops.  The monkeys obtained fruits from devotees and shop owners.  The peak number of bat visits occurred during pre- and post- midnight hours at the tower and shops, respectively, coinciding with the lights off situation and reduced human disturbance.  The bats landed on bunches of ripe bananas hanging in the front of shops.  The number of bat landings on the tower was greater than that in the shops.  The overall number of bat visits were higher during October when compared to other periods of the year.  This may be due to the occurrence of more festivals during October.  Our study is an example of opportunistic feeding, in which banana pieces dropped while monkeys were feeding on them were eaten by the bats.

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Rathinakumar, A., Baskaran, S. and Marimuthu, G. 2016. Foraging of the Indian Short-nosed Fruit Bat Cynopterus sphinx on banana in shops and on the pieces dropped by monkeys at a temple. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 8, 13 (Nov. 2016), 9579–9583. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2622.8.13.9579-9583.
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A. Rathinakumar, Department of Animal Behaviour and Physiology, School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625021, India

Senior Research Fellow

Department of Animal Behaviour & Physiology

School of Biological Sciences

 

S. Baskaran, Department of Biology, Gandhigram Rural Institute - Deemed University, Gandhigram, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu 624302, India

Assistant Professor 

Department of Biology

G. Marimuthu, Department of Animal Behaviour and Physiology, School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625021, India

INSA Senior Scientist

Department of Animal Behaviour & Physiology

School of Biological Sciences

 

 

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