WCS 3-Sentence Science
Extreme Heat — and Maybe a Virus — Wiped Out Cambodian Bats
May 17, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present the work of the Wildlife Health Program’s Mathieu Pruvot on bat die-offs in Cambodia:
- A mass mortality event involving two bat species, the wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bat (Chaerephon plicatus) and Theobold’s bat (Taphozous theobaldi) occurred during a heat wave in April 2016 in Cambodia.
- Field evidences, clinical signs, and gross pathology findings were consistent with a heat stress hypothesis, but the detection of a novel bat paramyxovirus raises questions about its role as a contributing factor or a coincidental finding.
- Systematic documentation of bat die-offs related to extreme weather events is necessary to improve understanding of the effect of changing weather patterns on bat populations and the ecosystem services they provide.
Study and Journal: “Extreme temperature event and mass mortality of insectivorous bats” from European Journal of Wildlife Research
WCS Co-Author(s): Mathieu Pruvot (Lead), WCS Wildlife Health Program
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