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Malays. Appl. Biol. (2005) 34(1): 59-64

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Malays. Appl. Biol. (2005) 34(1): 59-64

DIVERSITY OF CHIROPTERANS IN LIMESTONE FOREST AREA,

BAU, SARAWAK

MOHD - AZLAN J.*, NEUCHLOS J. and ABDULLAH, M.T.

Animal Resource Science and Management Program,

Faculty of Resource Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak,

94300 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak.

ABSTRACT

A study on understory chiropteran diversity and relative abundance was examined using harp traps and mist net; around Bau Limestone area, Sarawak. A total of 23 species from four families were captured during 20 sampling nights. This represents approximately 24% of the total species recorded in Borneo. A total of 107 and 43 individual; of bats were captured using harp traps and mist nets respectively. The most frequently captured species was Penthetoi lucasi followed by Hipposideros galeritus, which comprised 25% and 14% of the total capture respectively. Even though the species accumulation curve showed signs of levelling out, additional effort at the sub-canopy and canopy leve; may yield in higher diversity record.

ABSTRAK

Kajian ini telah dijalankan memahami kepelbagaian dan kelimpahan relatif Chiroptera dengan menggunakan perangkap harp empat-lapis dengan jaring samar di kawasan batu kapur Bau Sarawak. Sejumlah 23 spesies dan empat famili telah berjaya ditangkap selama 20 malam sampelan.ini mewakili 24% dari keseluruhan kelawar yang telah direkod di Borneo. Sejumlah 107 dan 43 kelawar telah ditangkap menggunakan harp empat lapis dan jarring samar. Spesies yang paling banyak sekali ditangkap ialah Penthetor lucasi dan Hipposideros galeritus dengan 24.7% dan 14.7% masing-masing dari keseluruhan tangkapan. Lengkungan akumulatif harian telah menunjukkan sampel di kawasan kajian adalah mencukupi, namun penagkapan tambahan di peringkatsub kanopi dan kanopidijangka akan memberikan hasil yang lebih menyeluruh bagi kawasan tersebut.

Key words: Chiropterans, Diversity, Limestone caves,

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