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Feeding Habits of the Long-Eared Desert Bat, Otonycteris hemprichi (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)

Raphaël Arlettaz, Gottlieb Dändliker, Erkin Kasybekov, Jean-Marc Pillet, Stanislav Rybin, Jan Zima
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1382757 873-876 First published online: 18 August 1995


We studied food habits of the long-eared desert bat, Otonycteris hemprichi, in a subdesert area of Kirghizstan (central Asia) by fecal analysis and light-tagging. The bulk of the diet of 13 individuals in September consisted of arachnids (Solifugae, Scorpiones, and Araneae; 49.9% of total volume) and orthopterans (Acrididae, Gryllidae, and Tettigoniidae; 34.7%). Visual nocturnal observations confirmed that this species captures its prey from the surface of the ground.

Key words
  • Otonycteris hemprichi
  • diet
  • feeding habits
  • foraging behavior
  • Kirghizstan
  • trophic ecology

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