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A synthesis of ecological and evolutionary determinants of bat diversity across spatial scales

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A synthesis of ecological and evolutionary determinants of bat diversity across spatial scales
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BMC Ecology, June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12898-018-0174-z
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Franciele Parreira Peixoto, Pedro Henrique Pereira Braga, Poliana Mendes


Diversity patterns result from ecological to evolutionary processes operating at different spatial and temporal scales. Species trait variation determine the spatial scales at which organisms perceive the environment. Despite this knowledge, the coupling of all these factors to understand how diversity is structured is still deficient. Here, we review the role of ecological and evolutionary processes operating across different hierarchically spatial scales to shape diversity patterns of bats-the second largest mammal order and the only mammals with real flight capability. We observed that flight development and its provision of increased dispersal ability influenced the diversification, life history, geographic distribution, and local interspecific interactions of bats, differently across multiple spatial scales. Niche packing combined with different flight, foraging and echolocation strategies and differential use of air space allowed the coexistence among bats as well as for an increased diversity supported by the environment. Considering distinct bat species distributions across space due to their functional characteristics, we assert that understanding such characteristics in Chiroptera improves the knowledge on ecological processes at different scales. We also point two main knowledge gaps that limit progress on the knowledge on scale-dependence of ecological and evolutionary processes in bats: a geographical bias, showing that research on bats is mainly done in the New World; and the lack of studies addressing the mesoscale (i.e. landscape and metacommunity scales). We propose that it is essential to couple spatial scales and different zoogeographical regions along with their functional traits, to address bat diversity patterns and understand how they are distributed across the environment. Understanding how bats perceive space is a complex task: all bats can fly, but their perception of space varies with their biological traits.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 94 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 23 24%
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 19%
Student > Bachelor 16 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 6%
Student > Postgraduate 6 6%
Other 13 14%
Unknown 12 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 47 50%
Environmental Science 19 20%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 4%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 2 2%
Computer Science 1 1%
Other 5 5%
Unknown 16 17%

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