Analysis of the distribution of insectivorous bats in Israel

Analysis of the distribution of insectivorous bats in Israel Data on localities from which insectivorous bats were collected or sighted in Israel were compiled into a Geographical Information System (GIS) in order to analyse patterns of species distribution. By intersecting precipitation and temperature data with spatially‐referenced data on species observations stored in the GIS we determined the ‘climatic envelope’ of each species and constructed predictive maps which show the potential distribution of each species. Using cluster analysis, the bats were classified into three main biogeographic groups according to their distribution, namely desert, Mediterranean, and widespread in Israel. The potential distribution maps of all the species indicate that there are areas which have suitable bat habitats but from which bats have never been collected or observed. In the Mediterranean region of Israel, this is attributed to a large reduction in population size due to fumigation of caves, cave visitation and secondary poisoning. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Diversity and Distributions Wiley

Analysis of the distribution of insectivorous bats in Israel

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
1998 Blackwell Science Ltd.
ISSN
1366-9516
eISSN
1472-4642
D.O.I.
10.1046/j.1472-4642.1998.00012.x
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Abstract

Data on localities from which insectivorous bats were collected or sighted in Israel were compiled into a Geographical Information System (GIS) in order to analyse patterns of species distribution. By intersecting precipitation and temperature data with spatially‐referenced data on species observations stored in the GIS we determined the ‘climatic envelope’ of each species and constructed predictive maps which show the potential distribution of each species. Using cluster analysis, the bats were classified into three main biogeographic groups according to their distribution, namely desert, Mediterranean, and widespread in Israel. The potential distribution maps of all the species indicate that there are areas which have suitable bat habitats but from which bats have never been collected or observed. In the Mediterranean region of Israel, this is attributed to a large reduction in population size due to fumigation of caves, cave visitation and secondary poisoning.

Journal

Diversity and DistributionsWiley

Published: Mar 1, 1998

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