Foraging ecology and behaviour of Queensland Tube Nosed fruit bats (Nyctimene robinsoni

Anita Freudmann, MSc

Key aspects of the foraging ecology and behaviour of Queensland or Eastern tube-nosed fruit bats (Nyctimene robinsoni) are studied in lowland tropical rain forest and disturbed areas. Habitat and resource use will be investigated by identifying home ranges, roosts and feeding sites. The project will furthermore address aspects of social behaviour and communication, and explore the role of olfaction as a key determinant of foraging behaviour.

By increasing information on their foraging movements and visited food plants, this study will elucidate their role in the provision of ecosystem services (such as seed dispersal and pollination), and substantially contribute to the currently limited knowledge on this species listed as vulnerable at the southern end of its distribution range. 

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