The NSS Bulletin - ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 54 Number 2: 61-65 - December 1992

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Distribution and Abundance of Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in Coastal Plain Caves of Southern Alabama
Troy L. Best, Steven D. Carey, Katherine G. Caesar, Travis Hill Henry


A survey of bat fauna of caves located on the Coastal Plain of Alabama was conducted to determine species occupying the caves and their seasonal abundance. Three species of bats occupy the caves: Myotis austroriparius, Pipistrellus subflavus, and Plecotus rafinesquii. Most caves contained few or no bats in summer; however, relatively large numbers occurred in the caves during winter months. The only maternity colony known to occur in these caves was of M. austroriparius; the only maternity colony of this species known from Alabama.

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