Draft #2: Neotropical Bat Diversity

This topic submitted by Chad Peters ( petersc1@miamioh.edu) at 1:17 AM on 5/15/06.

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Anyone who has read "The Neotropical Companion" should know that the Neotropics contains the greatest diversity of bats in the world. In fact 39% of the mammals in the Neotropics are bats. For my precourse project, I will be exploring a variety of topics and issues related to Costa Rica’s tremendous diversity of bats. The major focus of my paper will be to both demonstrate the great diversity of bats and explain it through the exploration of resource partitioning, niche diversity, and foraging strategies.

I. Intro.
-how many species
-discuss the most unique species (fisherman bat, vampire bat, Jamaican fruit bat)
II. Why so Diverse
-Completion breeds specialization, which breeds diversity.
–Introduce limiting factor hypothesis
–In Neotorpics food resources limiting factor.
III. Resource partioning
-Different trophic strategies.
-Different foraging strategies.
-How these adaptions lead to greater diversity.
IV. Bats in ecology
-Seed dispersal.
V. Bats and culture
-Contemproary veiw of bats.
–Problem of the vampire bat.
–Conservation efforts.
-bats in mythology and folklore
VI. Conservation
-how can the bats be conserved
-what is already being done
VII. Conclusion


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Kricher, John. A Neotropical Companion. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1997. 98-102.

Laval, Richard K., and Bernal Rodriguez-Herrera. "Conserving Costa Rica's Bats." Bat Conservation International (2003). 27 Mar. 2006 .
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Patterson, Bruce D., Michael R. Willig, and Richard D. Stevens. "Trophic Strategies, Niche Partitioning, and Patterns of Ecological Organization." Bat Ecology. Ed. Thomas H. Kunz and M. B. Fenton. Chicago: University of Chicago P, 2003. 536-579.

"TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: the Canopy." Mongabay.Com. 2005. Rhett Butler. 27 Mar. 2006 .

Turner, Dennis C. The Vampire Bat. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins P, 1975.

Tuttle, Merlin D. "Can Rain Forests Survive Without Bats?" Bat Conservation International (1983). 27 Mar. 2006 .

"Vampire Bat (Desmodus Rotundus)." Infocostarica.Com. 2005. infocostrica. 27 Mar. 2006 .

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