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Reproduction in the bats Vespadelus vulturnus, Vespadelus regulus and Vespadelus darlingtoni (Microchiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in coastal south-eastern Australia

Reproduction in the bats Vespadelus vulturnus, Vespadelus regulus and Vespadelus darlingtoni (Microchiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in coastal south-eastern Australia

Australian Journal of Zoology 41(1): 21-35

The sequence of reproductive and associated events that occurs in Vespadelus vulturnus is similar to those that are common to hibernating vespertilionids and rhinolophids. Females become sexually mature in their first year, whereas males do not undergo their first spermatogenesis until their second year. Both sexes accumulate fat deposits in late summer and autumn, but females begin to do this earlier and accumulate more than males.

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