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Breeding season of Epomophorus walhbergi in the lowveld of Swaziland

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Author(s): Ara Monadjem

Journal: African Zoology
ISSN 1562-7020

Volume: 47;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Epomophorus wahlbergi | fruit bat | breeding | Swaziland

ABSTRACT
The fruit bat Epomophorus wahlbergi is abundant in the eastern parts of southern Africa, but its breeding biology remains poorly documented. This study aimed to ascertain the breeding season of this species in north-eastern Swaziland where 340 individuals were netted over a 21 month period. Subadults were present throughout the year, whilst lactating females were only present between December and May. Births appear to be timed to match the presence of recently free-flying offspring with the peak abundance of fruit. Mating probably occurs in mid-winter.
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