The distribution of the spectral bat, Vampyrum spectrum, reaches the Southern Pantanal

Authors

  • Maurício Silveira Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul
  • Roberto Lobo Munin Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul
  • Walfrido Moraes Tomás Embrapa Pantanal, Laboratório de Vida Selvagem
  • Erich Fischer Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Departamento de Biologia
  • Marcelo Oscar Bordignon Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Departamento de Biologia
  • Guilli de Almeida Silveira Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Departamento de Biologia

Keywords:

Chiroptera, wetlands, Paraguay river basin, Mato Grosso do Sul, Phyllostominae

Abstract

The largest New World bat, Vampyrum spectrum, is a locally rare top predator, which occurs from Mexico to South America. Here, we report for the first time its occurrence in the southern Pantanal floodplain, basing our records on specimens that are also the first to be reported for the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. We conducted bat surveys in two sites 120 km apart, in the Aquidauana and Nhecolândia regions. Among 2,498 bat captures, two individuals of V. spectrum were mist-netted, one at each site. These records expand southward the distribution range of V. spectrum, and in addition to other records in the Northern Pantanal border and Bolivia support that V. spectrum is widely distributed in the upper Paraguay basin.

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Published

2011-03-01

How to Cite

Silveira, M., Munin, R. L., Tomás, W. M., Fischer, E., Bordignon, M. O., & Silveira, G. de A. (2011). The distribution of the spectral bat, Vampyrum spectrum, reaches the Southern Pantanal. Biota Neotropica, 11(1). Retrieved from https://www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/810

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