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Bats host major mammalian paramyxoviruses
Major discoveries include evidence of an origin of Hendra- and Nipah virus in Africa, identification of a bat virus conspecific with the human mumps virus, detection of close relatives of respiratory syncytial virus, mouse pneumonia- and canine distemper virus in bats, as well as direct evidence of Sendai virus in rodents.
Vocal production learning in bats
- M. Knörnschild
- BiologyCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
- 1 October 2014
Bat Predation by Spiders
Evidence suggests that spider predation on flying vertebrates is more widespread than previously assumed.
Highly diversified coronaviruses in neotropical bats.
This study analysed faecal, blood and intestine specimens from 1562 bats sampled in Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Brazil for CoVs by broad-range PCR to expand the knowledge on CoV diversity in neotropical bats and emphasizes the association of distinct CoVs and bat host genera.
Learned vocal group signatures in the polygynous bat Saccopteryx bilineata
Postweaning maternal food provisioning in a bat with a complex hunting strategy
Distress Calls of a Fast-Flying Bat (Molossus molossus) Provoke Inspection Flights but Not Cooperative Mobbing
- G. Carter, Diana Schoeppler, M. Manthey, M. Knörnschild, A. Denzinger
- Environmental SciencePloS one
- 9 September 2015
The results suggest that approaches by bats to distress calls should not suffice as clear evidence for mobbing, and are consistent with the hypothesis that single bats approached distress calls simply to investigate the situation.
The Importance of Landscape Elements for Bat Activity and Species Richness in Agricultural Areas
The data reveals that even for highly mobile species such as bats, a very dense network of connecting elements within the landscape is beneficial to promote activity in open areas and thus assure vital ecosystem function in agricultural landscapes.
Bat echolocation calls facilitate social communication
- M. Knörnschild, K. Jung, M. Nagy, M. Metz, E. Kalko
- BiologyProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 7 December 2012
This study analysed echolocation calls of the polygynous bat Saccopteryx bilineata and found pronounced vocal signatures encoding sex and individual identity and showed experimentally that free-living males discriminate approaching male and female conspecifics solely based on their echlocation calls.
Kinship, association, and social complexity in bats
Kinship was predictive of social association among individuals of the same sex in a few species, but largely independent of the occurrence of complex behaviors, such as dominance among males or cooperation among females, according to network analysis and genetic data.