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Wing morphology, echolocation calls and emergence time of black-bearded tomb bats (Taphozous melanopogon, Emballonuridae) from southwest China

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We studied the wing morphology, echolocation calls, diet and emergence time of the black-bearded tomb bat (Taphozous melanopogon) from May to October 2006 in Guangxi Province, southwest China. Taphozous melanopogon has wings with high aspect ratio, high loading and pointed wing-tip shape-characteristics associated with fast flight in open space. This species usually produces low-intensity, low frequency, and frequency-modulated (FM) calls usually containing up to four harmonics, with most energy in the second (or sometimes third) harmonic. The diet of this species consists mostly of Lepidoptera and Hemiptera. Timing of evening emergence is correlated with the time of sunset. This is the first study to describe the flight and echolocation behavior of this species in China, and opens the way for future studies of its biology.
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  • School of Life Science, East China Normal University, 3663 Zhongshan Beilu, Putuo, 200062 Shanghai, China
  • Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, Datun Lu, Chaoyang, 100080 Beijing, China
  • Guangdong Entomological Institute, 105 Xingang Xilu, Haizhu, 510260 Guangzhou, China
  • Division of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History, NHB 390, MRC 108 Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, 20013-7012 D.C., USA
  • Division of Environmental and Life Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, 2109 NSW, Australia
  • School of Biological Sciences, University of Aucland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
  • College of Life Sciences, Guangxi Normal University, 15 Yucai Lu, Qixing, 541004 Guilin, China
  • School of Life Science, East China Normal University, 3663 Zhongshan Beilu, Putuo, 200062 Shanghai, China
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