n African Zoology - Breeding season of in the lowveld of Swaziland

Volume 47, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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The fruit bat is abundant in the eastern parts of southern Africa, but its breeding biology remains poorly documented. This study aimed to ascertain the breeding season of this species in northeastern Swaziland where 340 individuals were netted over a 21-month period. Subadults were present throughout the year with two peaks, while lactating females were only present between December and May. These contradictory data are consistent with a bimodal birth peak, and the fact that pregnancy and lactation were both difficult to detect in the field.

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