An experimental analysis of feeding performance in Syconycteris australis (Megachiroptera, Pteropodidae)

Title

An experimental analysis of feeding performance in Syconycteris australis (Megachiroptera, Pteropodidae)

Creator

Nicolay C W; Dumont E R

Publisher

Mammalia

Date

2000
2000

Description

The hypothesis that flower shape affects nectar-feeding performance was examined for the nectarivorous bat, Syconycteris australis. Experiments using feeders with artificial flowers of different diameters demonstrated that the narrow flower diameter had a negative effect on time spent feeding, amount of nectar taken, and rate of nectar extraction. These results suggest that flower morphology may influence both evolution of the masticatory system and resource partitioning by affecting feeding performance in flower-visiting bats.

Subject

blossom-bat; chiroptera; energetics; evolution; Feeding; flower shape; mammalia; morphology; nectar; phylogeny; pollen; Syconycteris; Zoology

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

155-161

Issue

2

Volume

64

Citation

Nicolay C W; Dumont E R, “An experimental analysis of feeding performance in Syconycteris australis (Megachiroptera, Pteropodidae),” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed August 1, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6638.

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