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Title: Important agricultural and cotton pests detected in the diet of two threatened insectivorous bats in a cotton agroecosystem: insights from a molecular study
Contributor(s): Kolkert, Heidi  (author); Andrew, Rose  (author)orcid ; Smith, Rhiannon  (author)orcid ; Rader, Romina  (author)orcid ; Reid, Nicholas  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2022
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.14709/BarbJ.15.1.2022.07Open Access Link
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Australian insectivorous bats are known to occupy and use resources in agroecosystems, yet little is known about their diets. We analysed a scat sample each from two individual bats, both threatened species (Chalinolobus picatus and Vespadelus baverstocki), in a major dryland cotton production zone. Both bats consumed economically important agricultural and cotton pests such as Helicoverpa sp. (bollworm). Our results suggest that these two bat species share around half of the insect prey resources available whilst consuming a wide range of prey items. This snapshot of dietary data provides further evidence that insectivorous bats consume a wide range of insect prey, including pests in cropping areas.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Bat Research and Conservation, 15(1), p. 57-61
Publisher: Spanish Association of Bat Research and Conservation
Place of Publication: Spain
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 310308 Terrestrial ecology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 260602 Cotton
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C5 Other Refereed Contribution to a Scholarly Journal
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School of Environmental and Rural Science

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