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Foraging Behavior of Malaysian Nectar-Feeding Bats

Edwin Gould
Biotropica
Vol. 10, No. 3 (Sep., 1978), pp. 184-193
DOI: 10.2307/2387904
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2387904
Page Count: 10
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Foraging Behavior of Malaysian Nectar-Feeding Bats
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Abstract

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.

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