1982, pp 105-150

Growth and Survival of Bats

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Abstract

The literature on bat growth and survival is extensive. Nevertheless, few studies have made or permit within or among species comparisons of performance under varied combinations of biological and physiological parameters. In particular, surprisingly few studies have taken advantage of the fact that many species occupy wide ranges of environmental conditions. Growth and survival frequently have been treated as species-specific constants. Such treatment neglects many important determinants of success and likely has inhibited meaningful hypothesis testing and further investigation. Despite these limitations, existing studies demonstrate impressive variation. In fact, available literature indicates that few if any details of growth and survival are constant over time, even for individual colonies within a single species.