Journal of Cave and Karst Studies - ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 68 Number 1: 27-31 - April 2006

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Characteristic Odors of Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana Chiroptera: Molossidae
Lawrence T. Nielsen, David K. Eaton, Donald W. Wright, and Barbara Schmidt-French


The odors in a central Texas cave with a large roosting population of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana) were identified and related to captive individual bats. Solid phase microextraction (SPME) was used to sample and concentrate the volatile organics from the cave and individual bats. Odors were detected organoleptically and simultaneously quantified and identified. The characteristic odor for T. b. mexicana is due principally to 2’-aminoacetophenone.

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