Acta Theriologica

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 13–21 | Cite as

Characteristics of the northernmost population ofRhinolophus ferrumequinum in the Carpathian Basin

  • Zoltán Bihari


Roost utilisation byRhinolophus ferrumequinum (Schreber, 1774) was investigated between 1984 and 1998 in north-eastern Hungary. Exploration of summer and winter roosts, monitoring and bat-banding were implemented to find movements between the colonies. Data on roost utilisation by this species in south-eastern Slovakia, collected in a similar way, were included for comparison. Twenty-two marked bats were recaptured. The studied bats created nursery colonies in Hungarian churches and moved to Slovakian mines and caves to hibernate in winter. The population used two main hibernacula, two large nursery roosts and one temporary roost but several other roosts were also visited. The area occupied by the population was 5180 km2.R. ferrumequinum living in SE Slovakia and NE Hungary formed probably a separate population on the northern edge of the species range. This population is a part of the metapopulation of the species.

Key words

Rhinolophus ferrumequinum bats metapopulation migration roosting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zoltán Bihari
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  1. 1.University of DebrecenDebrecenHungary

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