Wintering range of Pipistrellus nathusii (Chiroptera) in Central Europe: has the species extended to the north-east using urban heat islands?

Konrad Sachanowicz , Mateusz Ciechanowski , Piotr Tryjanowski , Jakub Z. Kosicki


Recent climate warming is thought to affect the migratory behavior and geographical range shifts of Pipistrellus nathusii. This bat of the European temperate woodland zone is known to migrate up to 1900 km between its breeding and wintering areas where it uses overground roosts for hibernation. New wintering areas of the species have been recorded lately mainly in the cities of Central Europe, largely extending its winter distribution to the north-east. The growing detection of the winter occurrence of P. nathusiihas coincided with an increase in mean winter temperatures and urban warming. Our analysis shows that a winter isotherm of −2.5°C acts as a border for the winter occurrence of P. nathusii, and the species uses urban areas, most likely benefiting from the effect of urban heat islands. Accordingly, the island-like pattern of P. nathusii’s regular wintering habitats distribution in Central Europe seems to reflect the thermal and structural diversity of the environment. The use of diverse anthropogenic roosts suggests that the species is well-adapted to urban habitats, thus demonstrating its ecological plasticity.
Author Konrad Sachanowicz
Konrad Sachanowicz,,
, Mateusz Ciechanowski (FB/DVEZ)
Mateusz Ciechanowski,,
- Department of Vertebrate Ecology and Zoology
, Piotr Tryjanowski
Piotr Tryjanowski,,
, Jakub Z. Kosicki
Jakub Z. Kosicki,,
Journal seriesMammalia, ISSN 0025-1461, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.55
ASJC Classification1103 Animal Science and Zoology; 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 19-06-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 1.000; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.603; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 0.732 (2) - 2018=0.794 (5)
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