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Bat Species of Ibera

 

The Esteros del Ibera is a vast, relatively undiscovered wetland and, until recently, little study has been done on its bats species and certainly none in the northern gateway known as Cambyreta.  

Due to the amount of water and thus insects, it is a paradise for insectivorous bats.  Limitations are the amount of available roosts as there are few buildings and the trees are generally shorter than 15m.  It is likely that bats come to hunt in the area from some of the small towns and villages around the wetlands.  We also have an abundance of native fruit which attracts fruit eating species especially in the warmer months.

However we have found several tree roosts and the two houses, cabana and shed at the reserve are teeming with bats - mostly Molossus temminckii or Dwarf Dog-faced Bat.

We are well underway on a new bat call library for Cambyreta and for this we need many bat recordings.  We have already recorded around 16 different species of bat around the houses but need to do some long-term static recording at more remote areas so we can get a broader picture of our species. We record all hand releases of insectivorous bats.

The conditions in Ibera are ideal for the family Noctilionidae which are known as the fishing Bats.  We saw Noctilio albiventris flying low over our laguna a couple of years ago.  It hunts in a similar manner to the European Daubenton's Bat catching insects over the surface of the water.  At times it may also take small fish.  We have recordings of this species and its larger cousin, Noctilio leporinus, from another location in Corrientes but we are sure that it exists in the Ibera park, especially close to the larger lakes.

We are also involved in capturing bats for ID and biometrics and now have some high end equipment including 2 Harp traps, 1 triple high set up as well as a double high, hand nets etc.

We now have authorisation to conduct bat research in the province of Corrientes, thanks to Recurses Naturales and also in the Provincial Parks of Corrientes, thanks to Parque y Reservas.  We are also working with Cesar Bracamonte in research into Argentine bats and are in the process of producing a book with photographs of the national bats.

The following photos are of bats we have caught, measured, identified, photographed, recorded and released over the past three years.  Nearly all of these bats can be found at Reserva Don Luis.

 

Molossus temminckii (Dwarf Dog-faced Bat) - insectivorous

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Dwarf Dog-faced Bat

 

Eumops patagonicus (Dwarf Bonneted Bat) - insectivorous

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Patagonian Dwarf Bonneted Bat

 

Molossus rufus (Black Mastiff Bat) - insectivorous

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Molossus rufus

 

 

Dasypterus ega (Southern Yellow Bat) - insectivorous

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Southern-yellow-bat

 

 

 

Eptesicus furinalis (Argentine Brown Bat) - insectivorous

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Argentine Brown Bat

 

Myotis nigricans (Black Myotis) - insectivorous

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Black Myotis

 

 

Desmodus rotundus (common Vampire)  - Sangivorous

Common at Reserva Don Luis

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Vampiro

   

Lasiurus Cinereus (Hoary Bat) - insectivorous

 This bat was caught in another province but we frequently hear their echolocation calls at the Reserve.

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Hoary Bat

 

Lasiurus blossevillii (Western Red Bat) - insectivorous

We have this species at Reserva Don Luis and capture it quite regularly in the cooler months.

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Western-red-bat

 

Sturnira lilium (LIttle Yellow-shouldered Bat) - frugivorous

This bat is common at Reserva Don Luis in the warmer months

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Little Yellow-shouldered Bat

 

Myotis Riparius (Riparian Myotis) - insectivorous

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Riparian-Myotis

 

Eptesicus diminutus (Diminutive Serotine) - insectivorous

This bat was caught in the province of Jujuy

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Diminutive-bat

 

Anoura caudifer (Tailed Tailess bat) - nectivorous

This bat was captured in the province of Jujuy and is seen here happily taking nectar from our syringe.

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Little Long-tongued brown bat

 

Histiotus macrotis (Big-eared Brown Bat) - insectivorous

This bat was caught in the province of Jujuy

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Long-eared Brown Bat

 

Molossus molossus (Velvety Free-tailed Bat) - insectivorous

This bat was caught in the province of Buenos Aires but is also found in Corrientes

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Velvety Free-tailed Bat

 

Artibeus lituratus (Great Fruit-eating Bat) - frugivorous

This bat was caught in another province but should be in Ibera and we are expecting to encounter it any day.

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flat-faced-fruit-eating-bat

 

Eptesicus brasiliensis (Brasilian Brown Bat) - insectivorous

This bat was captured at Reserva Don Luis

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Eptesicus brasiliensis

 

Eumops bonariensis (Peter's Mastiff Bat) - insectivorous

This bat was captured at Reserva Don Luis in Sept 2017

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Molossidae

 

 

Myotis albescens (Silver-tipped Myotis) - insectivorous

This bat is reasonably common in Corrientes but we have not yet encountered it at the reserve.

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Silver-tipped Myotis

 

Myotis simus (Velvety Myotis) - insectivorous

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Myotis simus

 

Platyrrhinus lineatus (White-lined Bat) - Frugivorous

We encountered this male at Reserva Don Luis in October 2017

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Platyrrhinus lineatus

 

Artibeus fimbriatus (Fringed Fruit-eating Bat) - Frugivorous

This species was encountered in another province but can be found in Corrientes

 

Flat-faced-fruit-eating-bat

 

 

 

 

 

We wish to thank Pico Frago from Parques y Reservas, Corrientes, for authorisation to conduct this research into our local bats.  We also wish to thank Recurses Naturales for permission to widen our research throughout the province of Corrientes.

 

 

 

 

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