Camp site habitat preferences of the little red flying-fox (Pteropus scapulatus) in Queensland

Macdonald, Stewart L., Bradford, Matthew, McKeown, Adam, Vanderduys, Eric, Hoskins, Andrew, Westcott, David, and UNSPECIFIED (2021) Camp site habitat preferences of the little red flying-fox (Pteropus scapulatus) in Queensland. Australian Journal of Zoology, 68 (6). pp. 234-253.

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Urban flying-fox camps are a major source of human-wildlife conflict, producing noise, odour, vegetation damage, property damage, and concerns about disease. Although there is a significant demand in many communities for bat camps to be dispersed, there is limited information on how such dispersal can be conducted effectively. Determining the habitat characteristics flying-foxes use when selecting a camp site is key to understanding why they establish camps where they do and to where they might move if dispersed. We characterised little red flying-fox (LRFF) camp habitat at two spatial scales: Floristics and vegetation structure at the local scale, and climatic and landscape characteristics at the broad scale. We found weak associations with local-scale tree and shrub height and cover, and stronger associations with increased Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (a measure of 'greenness') and decreased distance to nearest watercourse. These relationships were not strong enough to explain all variation in the model, suggesting that there are other factors, such as social cues, that could also influence camp site selection. Our results suggest that minor modifications to existing or proposed camp sites will be unlikely to repel or attract LRFFs, as other factors are likely to play key roles in the formation of camp sites for this species.

Item ID: 72965
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1446-5698
Keywords: camp, habitat preferences, little red flying-fox, Pteropus scapulatus, roost, species-distribution modelling
Copyright Information: Journal compilation © CSIRO 2020. Open Access CC BY-NC-ND.
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 07:36
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