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The following information was supplied regarding data availability:. The raw data recorded for this study is available in the Supplemental File. The loss of roost sites is one of the major drivers of the worldwide decline in bat populations and roost site preferences, either natural or artificially provided, are not well known for African bat species specifically. In this study we focus on the preference for different artificial roost sites by insectivorous bats in macadamia orchards in northern South Africa. From June to July we monitored 31 bat houses, mounted on poles in six macadamia orchards, for presence of bats or other occupants.
The Japanese house bat or Japanese pipistrelle Pipistrellus abramus is a species of vesper bat. An adult has a body length of 3. It prefers to roost under the ceiling or inside the roof of old buildings.