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Two new publications on African fruit bats

Alison Peel has recently published of two recent papers on African fruit bats, as a follow-on from her PhD research at the University of Cambridge.

Hayman, D. T. S., and A. J. Peel. 2016. Can survival analyses detect hunting pressure in a highly connected species? Lessons from straw-coloured fruit bats. 9 pp. Biological Conservation 200: 131–139.

Peel, A. J., K. S. Baker, D. T. S. Hayman, R. Suu-Ire, A. C. Breed, G.-C. Gembu, T. Lembo, A. Fernández Loras, D. R. Sargan, A. R. Fooks, A. A. Cunningham, and J. L. N. Wood. 2016. Bat trait, genetic and pathogen data from large-scale investigations of African fruit bats, Eidolon helvum. Scientific Data 3: 160049.

The first uses life-history information of Eidolon helvum fruit bats to test alternative hypotheses relating to hunting pressure, demography and population connectivity. Results suggest that local movement and regional migration may compensate for local excess hunting, but that demographic signals of hunting are extremely difficult to detect in highly mobile species. The study suggests that spatio-temporal data are necessary to appropriately assess the population dynamics and conservation status of this and other species with similar traits.

The second is a paper describing a large open access dataset available from the Dryad Digital Repository. The dataset contains spatial, morphological, demographic, genetic and serological data encompassing 2827 bats from nine countries over an 8-year period.

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