Mating System of the Bat Miniopterus minor (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in Kenya, East Africa: a Lek?
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1990 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Volume 85, Issue 4, pages 302–312, January-December 1990
How to Cite
McWilliam, A. N. (1990), Mating System of the Bat Miniopterus minor (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in Kenya, East Africa: a Lek?. Ethology, 85: 302–312. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1990.tb00409.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: April 27, 1990; Accepted: May 18, 1990
The mating system of a migratory bat, Miniopterus minor, was studied in coastal Kenya, East Africa. Although this small (6.3 g) cavernicolous bat is not sexually dimorphic in size, aggregations of males secreted a pungent odour during their annual occupation of a particular erosion hollow, which appeared to function as a lek. This site was monopolized, for some two months before mating, by a group of about 30 adult males that were highly site specific for the cave. These bats were heavier than unsuccessful males and, having occupied the lek one year, were more likely to gain access to it in subsequent years. Potential determinants of the mating system are discussed in relation to observations of other miniopterene bats.