Social grooming in the common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus

  title={Social grooming in the common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus},
  author={G. Wilkinson},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • G. Wilkinson
  • Published 1986
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Grooming patterns among 65 common vampire bats in hollow tree day roosts were studied by behavioural sampling techniques during a 15-month period. Self-grooming occurred more than social grooming in response to ectoparasites since the proportion of time spent self-grooming and the amount of ectoparasite infestation covaried positively among tree roosts, while the time spent grooming others was independent of roost and ectoparasite level. Rates of social grooming were not independent of the sex… CONTINUE READING

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