Social ecology of the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis)

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dc.contributor.advisor Broders, Hugh G. (Hugh Gerard), 1972-
dc.creator Garroway, Colin James
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:32:21Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:32:21Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.other QL737 C595 G377 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22580
dc.description vi, 60 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstract A population's social system influences its mating patterns, the spatial and temporal distribution of individuals, their dispersal, and consequently the distribution of alleles, thereby affecting its evolutionary trajectory. There are also important implications for species management and conservation if degradation of social relationships due to anthropogenic environmental alteration result in negative fitness consequences. The objectives of this thesis were to (1) examine whether associations among female northern long-eared bats ( Myotis septentrionalis ) at maternity roosts were random or social in nature and; (2) examine variation in tree and forest features selected by individuals as maternity roosts. Maternity roosts were comprised of non-randomly assorting social groups with some individuals remaining associated for the entire roosting season. Roost tree selection by bats varied with reproductive periods. During the lactation period bats selected roosts high in tall trees in areas with a low tree density and low canopy cover relative to pre- and post-lactation periods.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc QL737.C595
dc.subject.lcsh Northern long-eared myotis
dc.subject.lcsh Bats
dc.subject.lcsh Northern long-eared myotis -- Ecology
dc.subject.lcsh Northern long-eared myotis -- Sexual behavior
dc.subject.lcsh Social behavior in animals
dc.title Social ecology of the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis)
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Science
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Biology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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