Parasitization of bats by bat flies (Streblidae) in fragmented habitats

Thomas Hiller, Stefan Dominik Brändel, Benjamin Honner, Rachel A. Page & Marco Tschapka
Parasites represent a large fraction of the world’s biodiversity. They control host population sizes and contribute to ecosystem functioning. However, surveys on species diversity rarely include parasitic species. Bats often present traits favoring parasite diversity, such as large home ranges, long life spans, and large colonies. The most conspicuous bat parasites are the highly host specific, blood-sucking bat flies (Diptera: Streblidae, Nycteribiidae). Recent studies have found a direct effect of habitat alteration on the abundance...
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