To investigate the climatic space of P. conspicillatus and P. poliocephalus from previously developed predictive models in light of evidence that the two previously allopatric species now co-oocur at Finch Hatton
Type of Study:
The Finch Hatton location is climatically suitable to some degree for both P. conspicillatus and P. poliocephalus but the latter has a higher climatic suitability at this site. Historical records exist for P. poliocephalus close to this location but not for P. conspicillatus. The location of this mixed-species flying-fox camp is the most southerly distribution for P. conspicillatus, being 500 km further south than previous records.and its consequences
This area of overlap creates potential opportunities for interbreeding between P. conspicillatus and P. poliocephalus (both EPBC listed). Therefore, monitoring of this region for the location of further mixed-species camps and the degree of panmixia at those locations is highly desirable.
Response variable :
Likelihood of occupancy of flying-foxes
Not reported how many sites in Maxent model.
Parsons, J. G., Van Der Wal, J., Robson, S. K. A., Shilton, L. A. (2010) The implications of sympatry in the Spectacled and Grey Headed Flying-Fox, Pteropus conspicillatus and P. poliocephalus (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae). Acta Chiropterologica. 12, 301–309.