By Chris SmithPublished January 11, 2017 12:59:03If you’ve been keeping track of wood bats, you might remember that a study by the University of Canterbury showed that they were found to be extremely adaptable.
This led to the emergence of the term “Wood bats” which refers to the species that live in wood forests and are the preferred prey of wood-bats.
A recent study from the University has now suggested that Wood bats are also very adaptable, and that this has led to their development into the highly-preferred prey of bats.
Dr Chris Smith, a postdoctoral fellow at the University’s Wildlife and Fisheries Science Unit, said the research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, suggested that the success of wood bat populations is largely down to their ability to successfully cope with climate change.
“This paper is really a contribution to the literature on wood bats,” Dr Smith told ABC News.
“The study has been very successful in the field of climate change adaptation and it’s now being used to understand how wood bats are adapting to the changing climate.”
We think that the best adaptation we can make to these changes is through their ability as long-term, natural predators of wood insects.
“Dr Smith said that wood bats have been shown to be able to respond to environmental changes, including the effects of climate, by changing their behaviour.”
What I’ve found is that when the climate gets warmer, they don’t hibernate but they do make some adaptations in the way they get around the forest, in how they kill wood insects,” Dr Williams said.”
It seems that the more wood bats they have in the forest the more they can get away with, so it’s not like they’re doing something wrong by hibernating.
“But if you’ve got a wood bat in the tree, it will be more aggressive because you’ve put a lot of wood down there, it’s less likely that it will come out of the wood and attack a wood insect.”
Wood bats are not a new species.
They were first described by John Cook in the 18th century.
But they have been widely classified in the scientific literature as a pest because of their ability of feeding on wood, and their habit of moving to and from wooded areas.
“They have an extremely short life cycle and they are very difficult to study because they’re very secretive about where they live and how they live,” Dr Cook said.
Dr Williams said that although Wood bats have not yet been classified as a threat to humans, they are an “environmental pest” because of how they use their environment.
“There is a lot we can learn from wood bats and that’s because they’ve been studied very carefully in the past and there is evidence that they can be very useful in the environment,” Dr Harris said.
“They’re very adaptive and can adapt to different environmental conditions.”
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