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Ruales C A, Tripole C, Donato J, Tagoon M D, Delima-Baron E M. Fruit bats (Pteropodidae) in select green spaces of Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines: a preliminary assessment. JAD 2023; 5 (4) :32-38
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1- School of Business Management, Education, Arts and Sciences Department, San Pedro College, Davao City 8000, Davao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines
2- Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, Mati City, 8200, Davao Oriental, Mindanao, Philippines
3- EGIP Foundation Inc, # 14 Alaminos St., Rolling Hills Subdivision, Bacaca, Davao City 8000, Davao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines
4- School of Business Management, Education, Arts and Sciences Department, San Pedro College, Davao City 8000, Davao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines , marian.tagoon@gmail.com
5- School of Business Management, Education, Arts and Sciences Department, San Pedro College, Davao City 8000, Davao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines; Research, Publication, and Innovation Center, San Pedro College, Davao City, 8000, Davao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines
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Published data on bats in green spaces in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines, remains scarce. This study provides an additional account of fruit bats of the family Pteropodidae occurring in green spaces both in the center of Davao City and its fringe communities. Our survey ran from January to April 2019. Mist nets were installed in possible flyways within select green spaces of bats and were checked from 6:30 pm to 4:30 am. Eight fruit bat species were documented, four of which are endemic to the Philippines. Two species, Megaerops wetmorei Taylor, 1934 and Eonycteris robusta Miller, 1913, are currently listed as vulnerable (VU), while the rest are considered non-threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The site in the Carmen Baguio district (Site 5) had the highest number of captures (n= 31), while the Mt. Talomo-Lipadas site (Site 6) had the highest species richness among surveyed green spaces. The inventory suggests that fruit bats occur in urban green spaces and could be supported by these urban green fragments. More studies are needed to determine how fruit bats utilize and benefit from urban green space fragments of the city.

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Received: 2023/05/4 | Accepted: 2023/10/18 | Published: 2023/12/31

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