Last Updated: 
03-Oct-2000
 

 

 

 

Bats

 

    West Indian bats include 49 living species (8 of which have been extirpated from one or more of the Antillean islands but survive elsewhere), and 5 extinct species. All five extinct species have living representatives in their respective genera. It has often been suggested that the low extinction rate of West Indian bats compared to terrestrial taxa is due to their high vagility and re-colonization abilities, but their high degree of endemism argues against this. It is more likely that the resilience of the bat fauna is a function of their ecological isolation from the impacts of introduced terrestrial species such as rats, the mongoose, cats and goats.

 

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