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Sharlene E. Santana, Elizabeth R. Dumont

Lophostoma silvicolum ( White-throated Round-eared Bat )

We investigated whether the skull of Lophostoma silvicolum is specialized for roost excavation relative to the ecologically similar species Tonatia saurophila and Micronycteris hirsuta, which do not excavate roosts. We conducted finite element analyses that simulated roost excavating and feeding behaviors in these three bats species.