Date of Award
Master of Science
Michael L Kennedy
James E Moore
Bill A Simco
Biodiversity measures of bats were investigated at three sites in western Tennessee. Mist nets were used to capture bats during summer months, and biological indices were derived. A Shannon index was used to calculate species diversity, and a Berger-Parker Index was utilized to determine dominance for the most abundant species at each site. Percent biomass of each species captured was calculated for each taxon at each site. In total, eight species were recorded (eastern red bat, Lasiurus borealis; tricolored bat, Perimyotis subflavus; evening bat, Nycticeius humeralis; southeastern myotis, Myotis austroriparius; little brown myotis, M. lucifugus; gray myotis, M. grisescens; silver-haired bat, Lasionycteris noctivagans; and hoary bat, L. cinereus). Eastern red bat was the most numerically dominant species at each site sampled. Overall, results supported previous studies in suggesting that communities show skewed species abundance. Quantitative measures of biodiversity of bats in the region are reported for the first time.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Dennison, Jeremy Scott, "Biodiversity Measures Of Bats in Western Tennessee" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1072.