Data from: Dietary resource overlap among three species of frugivorous bat in Costa Rica

Lauren D. Maynard, Ariana Ananda, Maria F. Sides, Hannah Burk & Susan R. Whitehead
The maintenance of biodiversity in tropical forests is thought to be dependent on fine-scale mechanisms of niche partitioning that allow species to coexist. This study examined whether three species of short-tailed fruit bat that co-occur at a lowland tropical forest site in Costa Rica (Carollia castanea, C. perspicillata, C. sowelli) avoid inter- and intraspecific competition through dietary specialization on species in the genus Piper. First, dietary composition was examined using faecal samples (n = 210),...
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