Volume 3, Issue 1-1, February 2015, Page: 13-21
Abandoned Mines Used as Roosts for Reproduction by Townsend’s Big-Eared Bats (Corynorhinus townsendii) in a Protected Area in the Central Highlands of Mexico
León-Galván Miguel Angel, Department of Biology, Autonomous Metropolitan University-Iztapalapa, Mexico
Rodríguez-Tobón Ahiezer, Postgraduate in Experimental Biology, Autonomous Metropolitan University-Iztapalapa, Mexico
Cano Espinoza José Sulim, Department of Biology, Autonomous Metropolitan University-Iztapalapa, Mexico
Guzman Ledesma Beatriz Samantha, Department of Biology, Autonomous Metropolitan University-Iztapalapa, Mexico
Guevara-Chumacero Luis Manuel, Department of Biology, Autonomous Metropolitan University-Iztapalapa, Mexico
Leyequien Abarca Lissette, Direction of the Sierra La Mojonera Flora and Fauna Protection Area, National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), S.L.P. Mexico
Received: Feb. 11, 2015;       Accepted: Feb. 11, 2015;       Published: Feb. 27, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.avs.s.2015030101.13      View  2913      Downloads  103
Abstract
In Chihuahuan Desert arid zone, particularly the states of Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi, Mexico, have been distinguished by its large mining activity, however, many of these mines are disuse, becoming potential refuges for various species of cave bats. Monitoring the potential roosts by Corynorhinus townsendii was made within the system of mines in the vicinity of the Sierra La Mojonera Flora and Fauna Protection Area, at Mexico’s Central Highlands in the states of Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi. Which consisted of visual inspection inside, and mist netting at the entrance of different mines during an annual cycle. The main reproductive roosts for C. townsendii were identified. Spermatogenesis takes place during May-September; the mating period in November-December, whereas the sequence of gestation-lactation occurred since March to August of the next year. These data confirm that C. townsendii in the area of study follow a seasonally monoestrous reproductive pattern, characterized by an asynchrony between the ovarian and spermatogenic cycles.
Keywords
Bats, Reproduction, Corynorhinus townsendii, Central Highlands of Mexico, Conservation
To cite this article
León-Galván Miguel Angel, Rodríguez-Tobón Ahiezer, Cano Espinoza José Sulim, Guzman Ledesma Beatriz Samantha, Guevara-Chumacero Luis Manuel, Leyequien Abarca Lissette, Abandoned Mines Used as Roosts for Reproduction by Townsend’s Big-Eared Bats (Corynorhinus townsendii) in a Protected Area in the Central Highlands of Mexico, Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Special Issue:Advances in Bat’s Reproduction. Vol. 3, No. 1-1, 2015, pp. 13-21. doi: 10.11648/j.avs.s.2015030101.13
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