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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 7, NO. 2 Summer 1989

On the Cover

Yellow-shouldered bats (Sturnira lilium) are important seed dispersers in the New World tropics. This one is approaching the fruit of Solanum rugosum, belonging to the tomato family. Yellow-shouldered bats appear to rely upon it heavily for food. Solanum shrubs are known as "pioneer" plants because they are among the first and most abundant to appear on cleared land in tropical forests—both natural or created by humans. These plants are quick to grow and mature, attracting birds and other bats that drop even more seeds, thus accelerating forest regrowth and adding to diversity. Studies in both the Old and New World show that while birds drop most of their seeds around the fruiting tree and in mature undergrowth, bats contribute most of the seeds dropped on cleared land, thus beginning the process of renewal. Yellow-shouldered bats are abundant members of a family known as leaf-nosed bats and are found in tropical areas throughout Latin America. Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
The Fight for Mt. Etna
Extending an Invitation to Bats
If you have bats in your bat house and want to know what kind they are
"Flight of Fancy" Bat House
Dr. Campbell's "Malaria-Eradicating, Guano-Producing Bat Roosts"
A Campbell Bat Tower Restoration Project in Texas
Bat Houses in State Parks: An Experiment in New York
BCI Chairman Receives National Conservation Award
Andrew Sansom Joins BCI Board of Trustees
CITES Flying Fox Proposal Needs Your Help

Unless otherwise noted, all images are copyright ©Merlin D. Tuttle and/or ©Bat Conservation International