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Foraging Behavior of Malaysian Nectar-Feeding Bats
Vol. 10, No. 3 (Sep., 1978), pp. 184-193
Published by: Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2387904
Page Count: 10
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Feeding strategies of Malaysian nectarivorous bats include trap-line foraging and territorial defense of resources. A high initial-visit rate with a subsequent leveling off of activity by bat pollinators is related to nectar parceling mechanisms of Oroxylum indicum (Bignoniaceae) flowers. Differing temporal patterns of visitation to Durio, Parkia, and Musa reflect different flowering strategies. Patterns of visitation to flowers may provide a useful comparative measure of bat pollination energetics in the New and Old World tropics.
Biotropica © 1978 Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation