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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 34, No. 6, 2013, pp. 596-600
Bioline Code: zr13094
Full paper language: English
Document type: Report
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Zoological Research, Vol. 34, No. 6, 2013, pp. 596-600

 en Relationships between ectoparasites and grooming behavior of Tylonycteris pachypus check for this species in other resources and T. robustula check for this species in other resources
ZHANG, Li-Biao; ZHANG, Guang-Liang; TANG, Zhan-Hui & HONG, Ti-Yu

Abstract

Grooming behavior is evolved in animals in response to the costs associated with ectoparasites. In this study, ecotparasite densities and grooming behavior-including licking and scratching-of wild-caught lesser bamboo bat ( Tylonycteris pachypus check for this species in other resources ) and greater bamboo bat ( T. robustula check for this species in other resources ) were analyzed. The results indicated that both the frequencies and durations of licking were higher than those of scratching in both bat species, though T. pachypus licked more but scratched less than T. robustula. There were no difference in the durations of licking and scratching between the two bat species, and the durations and frequencies of grooming behavior of the two bat species were irrelevant with ectoparasite densities. These findings suggest that the grooming behavior of T. pachypus and T. robustula might be modulated by both the central control (programmed grooming) model and the peripheral stimulation (stimulus driven) model.

Keywords
Tylonycteris pachypus; Tylonycteris robustula; Ectoparasite; Grooming behaviour

 
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