White-nose syndrome is an introduced fungal disease that has reduced the size of hibernating populations of little brown bats ( Myotis lucifugus ) by 90% across much of eastern North America since 2007. Herein, we report the recapture of eight, banded, male little brown bats with minimum ages of 18.6–25.6 years. The recaptures occurred during winter 2019–2020, at a hibernaculum in Michigan where white-nose syndrome likely has been present since 2013–2014, indicating that these old and apparently healthy males are in their seventh season of exposure to the disease. Hence, our data suggest that a long life in little brown bats and existence of white-nose syndrome are not necessarily incompatible.
Exceptional Longevity in Little Brown Bats Still Occurs, despite Presence of White-nose Syndrome
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Allen Kurta, Rodney W. Foster, Brooke A. Daly, Ashley K. Wilson, Robin M. Slider, Craig D. Rockey, Jacqueline M. Rockey, Brenna L. Long, Giorgia G. Auteri, Jason D. Collins, J. Paul White, Heather M. Kaarakka, Jennifer A. Redell, DeeAnn M. Reeder; Exceptional Longevity in Little Brown Bats Still Occurs, despite Presence of White-nose Syndrome. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 2020; doi: https://doi.org/10.3996/JFWM-20-039
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