Theriologia Ukrainica
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download pdfZagorodniuk, I. A game against natural selection: cases of hibernation of migrant bat species in their summering range in Eastern Ukraine. Theriologia Ukrainica. 2018. Vol. 16: 9199.



A game against natural selection: cases of hibernation of migrant bat species in their summering range in Eastern Ukraine


Zagorodniuk, I.


National Museum of Natural History, NAS of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)


Theriologia Ukrainica. 2018. Vol. 16: 9199.




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A series of new finds of species that are migrants in the region, but in recent years form a wintering group, are described. In all cases, the bats were found in the settlements, in a residential area. Descriptions of new autumn and winter finds of Nyctalus noctula in Gorlovka and Rubizhne, Vespertilio murinus in Luhansk, Alchevsk and Donetsk, Pipistrellus cf. pygmaeus in Mariupol are presented. These findings are considered as further evidence of the process of forming of synanthropic bat communities in eastern Ukraine and expand the geographical boundaries of the known winter ranges of these migrant species within Ukraine. So far such incidents are rare, but they are indicators of new changes that may soon become as regular. Such cases are considered as "trial of forces" of part of the population to trade-off the "cost of migration" for the "cost of hibernation" in conditions of global warming and improving wintering conditions in region thanks to various artificial shelters, first of all in cities.


bats, Vespertilionini, hibernation, Eastern Ukraine, migration, evolution.



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