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Preliminary notes on the bat fauna of the floodplain of the far north region of Cameroon.
Eric Moise Bakwo Fils, Jean Michel Takouo, Joseph LeDoux Diffo

Last modified: 2014-10-03


Bats constitute over 20% of all known mammal species and are second only to rodents in terms of abundance. In Cameroon, although many studies have been undertaken on the mammal fauna of this country, very few of them involve bats. As a result, the bat fauna of Cameroon is still insufficiently sampled. In order to provide baseline data on bats diversity of the rice floodplain of the far north region of Cameroon, a survey was carried out in June 2013. Mist nets set at ground level were used at five sites. Bats were identified morphologically. A total of 127 individuals belonging to 15 species were captured during this period.  Insectivorous bats presented a wide species diversity (13 species). Chaerephonpumillus was the most abundant species found in the nets. Frugivorous bats were relatively rare in the nets. The species accumulation curve of bats in our study site does not reach an asymptote indicating that our sampling is incomplete. The number of species (15) identified for this zone is at least eight species of the total species estimate calculated from the mean of the two indices used (ACE, Jack 1).

Bats in Central Africa are under-studied, underappreciated, despite their provision of essential ecological services. In addition, all local bats researchers in are working in isolation. In this context, we planned to develop   a network of database on  the bat fauna of central Africa , in cooperation with bats specialists of this region. The aims of the proposed network is to digitalized and published data on bats of Central Africa using the TDWG protocols and software to make them available to others for collaborative research.We believe that this network is a unique opportunity to lay a solid foundation, to create mutual relationships, to share data and in due course embrace bat conservation actions in this region where bats are under severe threats.