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Bat Demography: Results from Long-Term Studies (Dissertation)

Toni Fleischer, Alexander Scheuerlein, Jutta Gampe; in Collaboration with Gerald Kerth (University of Greifswald, Germany)

Hibernating bats have extraordinarily long lifespans, and are of great concern to conservationists. The first results of a 20-year study on four colonies of female Bechstein’s bats (Myotis bechsteinii) suggest that the bats’ mortality level is very low, and that both their mortality and their fecundity are independent of age for most of their adult lifespan.Detailed description

Research keywords: Ageing, Mortality and Longevity; Biodemography; Data and Surveys

Region keywords: Germany

Publications

Fleischer, T.; Gampe, J.; Scheuerlein. A.; Kerth, G.:
Scientific Reports 7:7370 (2017).
Schaible, R.; Scheuerlein. A.; Dańko, M. J.; Gampe, J.; Martinez, D. E.; Vaupel, J. W.:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112:51, 15701-15706 (2015).
Jones, O. R.; Scheuerlein. A.; Salguero-Gomez, R.; Camarda, C. G.; Schaible, R.; Casper, B. B.; Dahlgren, J. P.; Ehrlén, J.; Garcia, M. B.; Menges, E. S.; Quintana-Ascencio, P. F.; Caswell, H.; Baudisch, A.; Vaupel, J. W.:
Nature 505:7482, 169-173 (2014).

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