Foraging movements of Lyle's flying foxes in Cambodia (data from Choden et al. 2019)

Choden K, Ravon S, Epstein JH, Hoem T, Furey N, Gely M, Jolivot A, Hul V, Neung C, Tran A, Cappelle J. 2020. Foraging movements of Lyle's flying foxes in Cambodia (data from Choden et al. 2019). Movebank Data Repository.
(1) Bats are the second most species‐rich Mammalian order and provide a wide range of ecologically important and economically significant ecosystem services. Nipah virus is a zoonotic emerging infectious disease for which pteropodid bats have been identified as a natural reservoir. In Cambodia, Nipah virus circulation has been reported in Pteropus lylei, but little is known about the spatial distribution of the species and the associated implications for conservation and public health. (2) We deployed Global Positioning System (GPS) collars on 14 P. lylei to study their movements and foraging behavior in Cambodia in 2016. All of the flying foxes were captured from the same roost, and GPS locations were collected for 1 month. The habitats used by each bat were characterized through ground‐truthing, and a spatial distribution model was developed of foraging sites. (3) A total of 13,643 valid locations were collected during the study. Our study bats flew approximately 20 km from the roost each night to forage. The maximum distance traveled per night ranged from 6.88–105 km and averaged 28.3 km. Six of the 14 bats visited another roost for at least one night during the study, including one roost located 105 km away. (4) Most foraging locations were in residential areas (53.7%) followed by plantations (26.6%). Our spatial distribution model confirmed that residential areas were the preferred foraging habitat for P. lylei, although our results should be interpreted with caution due to the limited number of individuals studied. (5) Synthesis and applications: Our findings suggest that the use of residential and agricultural habitats by P. lylei may create opportunities for bats to interact with humans and livestock. They also suggest the importance of anthropogenic habitats for conservation of this vulnerable and ecologically important group in Cambodia. Our mapping of the probability of occurrence of foraging sites will help identification of areas where public awareness should be promoted regarding the ecosystem services provided by flying foxes and potential for disease transmission through indirect contact.
animal foraging,animal movement,animal tracking,bats,Cambodia,Lyle's flying fox,Pteropus lylei
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  title = {Foraging movements of Lyle's flying foxes in Cambodia (data from Choden et al. 2019)},
  author = {Choden, K and Ravon, S and Epstein, JH and Hoem, T and Furey, N and Gely, M and Jolivot, A and Hul, V and Neung, C and Tran, A and Cappelle, J},
  year = {2020},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.j25661td/1},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.j25661td/1
T1  - Foraging movements of Lyle's flying foxes in Cambodia (data from Choden et al. 2019)
AU  - Choden, Kinley
AU  - Ravon, Sébastien
AU  - Epstein, Jonathan H.
AU  - Hoem, Thavry
AU  - Furey, Neil
AU  - Gely, Marie
AU  - Jolivot, Audrey
AU  - Hul, Vibol
AU  - Neung, Chhoeuth
AU  - Tran, Annelise
AU  - Cappelle, Julien
Y1  - 2020/03/13
KW  - animal foraging
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - bats
KW  - Cambodia
KW  - Lyle's flying fox
KW  - Pteropus lylei
KW  - Pteropus lylei
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.j25661td/1
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