Extreme temperature event and mass mortality of insectivorous bats

Pruvot Mathieu, Cappelle Julien, Furey Neil M., Hul Vibol, Heng Huy Sreang, Duong Veasna, Dussart Philippe, Horwood Paul. 2019. Extreme temperature event and mass mortality of insectivorous bats. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 65:41

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : ZOOLOGY / Quartile : Q3, Sujet : ECOLOGY

Abstract : A mass mortality event involving Chaerephon plicatus and Taphozous theobaldi bats occurred during a heat wave in April 2016 in Cambodia. This was investigated to clarify the causes of the die-off and assess the risk to public health. Field evidences, clinical signs, and gross pathology findings were consistent with a heat stress hypothesis. However, 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.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Chiroptera, chaleur, événements météorologiques extrêmes, Insectivore, Mortalité, Enquête pathologique, Santé publique

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Cambodge

Mots-clés complémentaires : Chaerephon plicatus, Taphozous theobaldi, Paramyxovirus

Classification Agris : L20 - Animal ecology
P40 - Meteorology and climatology
L50 - Animal physiology and biochemistry
L73 - Animal diseases

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 4 (2019-) - Santé des plantes, des animaux et des écosystèmes

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Pruvot Mathieu, Wildlife Conservation Society (UGA) - auteur correspondant
  • Cappelle Julien, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-7668-1971
  • Furey Neil M., Fauna and Flora International (KHM)
  • Hul Vibol, Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (KHM)
  • Heng Huy Sreang, Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (KHM)
  • Duong Veasna, Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (KHM)
  • Dussart Philippe, Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (KHM)
  • Horwood Paul, Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (KHM)

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