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Unexplored Diversity and Conservation Potential of Neotropical Hot Caves.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23003344     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
  The term hot cave is used to describe some subterranean chambers in the Neotropics that are characterized by constantly high ambient temperatures generated by the body heat of high densities of certain bat species. Many of these species have limited geographic ranges, and some occur only in the hot-cave environment. In addition to the bats, the stable microclimate and abundant bat guano provides refuge and food for a high diversity of invertebrates. Hot caves have so far been described in the Caribbean and in a few isolated locations from Mexico to Brazil, although there is some evidence that similar caves may be present throughout the tropics. The existing literature suggests these poorly known ecosystems, with their unique combination of geomorphology and bat-generated microclimate, are particularly sensitive to disturbance and face multiple threats from urbanization, agricultural development, mining, and tourism.
Authors:
Richard J Ladle; João V L Firmino; Ana C M Malhado; Armando Rodríguez-Durán
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1523-1739     ISO Abbreviation:  Conserv. Biol.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-9-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9882301     Medline TA:  Conserv Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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©2012 Society for Conservation Biology.
Affiliation:
Institute of Biological and Health Sciences, Federal University of Alagoas, Av. Lourival Melo Mota, s/n, Tabuleiro do Martins, Maceió, AL 57072-900, Brazil School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, United Kingdom Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, 500 John W. Harris, Bayamón 00957, Puerto Rico.
Vernacular Title:
Diversidad No Explorada y Potencial de Conservación de Cuevas Neotropicales Calientes.
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