Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) Recorded From Mist-Net and Bridge Surveys In Southern Mississippi
Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences
We surveyed communities of bats in southern Mississippi using mist nets and searches of bridges. We captured 41 individuals representing five species of bats over 28 nights of trapping. Nycticeius humeralis was the species most frequently captured in our nets, followed by Lasiurus seminolus, Myotis austroriparius, Pipistrellus subflavus, and Lasiurus borealis. These species are representative of communities of forest-roosting bats native to the southeastern United States. However, all M. austroriparius were captured exclusively at the entrances of caves. Seven of 99 bridges that we searched were occupied by Corynorhinus rafinesquii as day-roosts. These seven bridges were all made of concrete and had girders or channel beams along their undersides. Our data on C. rafinesquii are consistent with findings of other studies, which suggest that the construction style of bridges plays an important role in providing day-roosts for this species.
Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences
Trousdale, A. W.,
Beckett, D. C.
(2002). Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) Recorded From Mist-Net and Bridge Surveys In Southern Mississippi. Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, 47(4), 185-190.
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