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Biodiversity Conservation in Costa RicaLearning the Lessons in a Seasonal Dry Forest$
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Gordon Frankie

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223097

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223097.001.0001

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An Ultrasonically Silent Night

An Ultrasonically Silent Night

The Tropical Dry Forest Without Bats

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(p.160) Chapter 13 An Ultrasonically Silent Night
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Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica
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Richard K. LaVal

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223097.003.0013

This chapter discusses the distribution and abundance of bats in dry forests. It discusses their importance in the maintenance of forest diversity, focusing on their role in pollination and seed dispersal. It also examines the anthropogenic effects on bat habitat and the potential effects of global climate change. Finally, it emphasizes the importance of educational programs to increase awareness and interest in bat conservation.

Keywords:   bats, dry forests, forest diversity, pollination, seed dispersal, climate change, bat conservation

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