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Tipo do documento: Artigo
Título: The potential impact of white-nose syndrome on the conservation status of north american bats
Autor: Alves, Davi Mello Cunha Crescente
Terribile, Levi Carina
Silva, Daniel de Brito Candido da
Abstract: White-Nose syndrome (WNS) is an emergent infectious disease that has already killed around six million bats in North America and has spread over two thousand kilometers from its epicenter. However, only a few studies on the possible impacts of the fungus on bat hosts were conducted, particularly concerning its implications for bat conservation. We predicted the consequences of WNS spread by generating a map with potential areas for its occurrence based on environmental conditions in sites where the disease already occurs, and overlaid it with the geographic distribution of all hibernating bats in North America. We assumed that all intersection localities would negatively affect local bat populations and reassessed their conservation status based on their potential population decline. Our results suggest that WNS will not spread widely throughout North America, being mostly restricted to the east and southeast regions. In contrast, our most pessimistic scenario of population decline indicated that the disease would threaten 32% of the bat species. Our results could help further conservation plans to preserve bat diversity in North America.
Palavras-chave: White-Nose syndrome
White-Nose syndrome in bats
País: Estados unidos
Instituição: Public Library of Science
Unidade acadêmica: Instituto de Ciências Biológicas - ICB (RG)
Citação: ALVES, D. M. C. C. Alves; TERRIBILE, Levi C.; BRITO, Daniel. The potential impact of white-nose syndrome on the conservation status of north american bats. Plos One, San Francisco, v. 9, n. 9, p. e107395, Sept. 2014.
Tipo de acesso: Acesso Aberto
Identificador do documento: 10.1371/journal.pone.0107395
Identificador do documento: 10.1371/journal.pone.0107395
Data de publicação: Set-2014
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