Natalia Cortes Delgado
MSc Student, Instituto de Ecologica AC
Research: Roost use in shade coffee plantations by Sturnira ludovici and Artibeus intermedius in Veracruz, Mexico
Species/Topic: Sturnira ludovici and Artibeus intermedius
Abstract: More than 50% of original cloud forest has been cleared in Mexico, mainly for coffee crops. With this increase in the area used for agriculture comes the need to establish the extent to which agroecosystems act as biodiversity refuges. In this regard, shade agriculture systems have been shown to have greater sustainability as species habitats. Bat species such as Sturnira ludovici and Artibeus intermedius can cross habitats that exhibit different degrees of human intervention on agricultural landscapes with shade coffee plantations. The presence of these species is likely the result of their finding roosting sites and food in coffee plantations. Using radiotelemetry, the use of roosting sites and fruit by two fruit-eating bats, Sturnira ludovici and Artibeus intermedius in shade coffee plantations in Veracruz, Mexico will be evaluated, along with the potential of these agroecosystems for the conservation of bat diversity.