January 2020

The greater spear-nosed bat Phyllostomus hastatus is one of the largest bat species in the Americas and inhabits both the Gatún Lake island system and adjacent mainland (Panama) and the fragmented landscape of the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project in the Central Amazon (Brazil). It is a forest- and urban-dwelling omnivorous species, commonly feeding on fruit, pollen, arthropods, and small vertebrates. Although P. hastatus is not strongly affected by deforestation, this species makes an important contribution to ecosystem functioning, acting as seed disperser, pollinator, and controller of arthropod and vertebrate populations across the Neotropics.Read full Open Access paper here

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