María Cristina Mac Swiney González

María Cristina Mac Swiney González
Universidad Veracruzana | UV · Centro de Investigaciones Tropicales

Doctor of Philosophy

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Additional affiliations
June 2008 - January 2014
Universidad Veracruzana
Position
  • Researcher
September 2007 - August 2008
University of Aberdeen
Position
  • Honorary Staff
Education
September 2002 - November 2007
University of Aberdeen
Field of study
  • Animal Ecology

Publications

Publications (104)
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En muchos ríos a lo largo del país podemos encontrar a un animal de patas cortas y cuerpo alargado que suele perderse rápidamente en el agua, le llaman por muchos nombres, pero es más conocido como: perro de agua o nutria.
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La elaboración de un manual especiali- zado requiere de lineamientos precisos que permitan al lector poner en práctica las instrucciones definidas en el texto. La información contenida en un manual debe ser detallada para que sea lo más explí- cita y entendible para el usuario, además de ser clara en la terminología utilizada para tener un amplio a...
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Area-based strategies for conservation include defining species richness and rarity hotspots. However, excluding vulnerable species (e.g., with restricted distribution and categorized as threatened), in establishing such hotspots may limit their representativeness, so the convenience of asserting them has been widely debated. To inform conservation...
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Los murciélagos son el segundo grupo de mamíferos más diverso con aproximadamente 1,400 especies mundial-mente descritas hasta la fecha. Estos mamíferos son un importante referente debido a los roles ecológicos que juegan en los ecosistemas, además de presentar una alta diversidad de hábitos alimentarios, por lo que son consi-derados un grupo clave...
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Un producto más derivado del proyecto nacional Sonozotz, ahora presentamos la guía de los llamados de ecolocación de los murciélagos insectívoros mexicanos en donde varios autores participaron realizando las fichas
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Los gritos de dolor y la emoción de su esposa despertaron súbitamente a Pedro. Tras nueve meses de embarazo, él y su esposa por fi n conocerían a su hija. Con rigor casi científi co, Pedro y Socorro habían planeado todo lo relacionado con la nueva bebé. Ropa, juguetes y hasta el plantel de preescolar habían sido escogidos con bastante anticipación...
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Aunque se espera que los síndromes de polinización reflejen la adaptación a los polinizadores primarios, los rasgos del síndrome pueden no excluir a polinizadores secundarios, que también pueden desempeñar un papel en la evolución floral 8. Por ello es importante determinar la efectividad de los polinizadores (p.ej. polen depositado, removido y sem...
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Domestic cats are a potential risk for native fauna in the Neotropics. Intrinsic (age, weight, sex, color) and extrinsic (nocturnal confinement, time spent outside the home, distance to green areas, etc.) factors can influence the type and quantity of prey that cats take to their homes. The study goal was to evaluate domestic cat predation in a Neo...
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Resumen: Los padres generalmente hacen lo que sea necesario por el bienestar de sus hijos, y esto no solo aplica para los seres humanos. En el mundo animal, los cuidados parentales van más allá de la alimentación o la protección contra depredadores, y son valiosos esfuerzos de subsistencia. En el caso de los murciélagos, al ser difíciles de estudia...
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We report the first record of Townsend's Big-eared Bat, Corynorhinus townsendii (Cooper, 1837) from Chiapas, Mexico, based on three females collected on 29 September 1979 near Ocozocoautla de Espinosa and stored in the Colección Nacional de Mamíferos of the Instituto de Biología at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The Chiapas locality is ~1...
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We report the first record of Townsend's Big-eared Bat, Corynorhinus townsendii (Cooper, 1837) from Chiapas, Mexico, based on three females collected on 29 September 1979 near Ocozocoautla de Espinosa and stored in the Colección Nacional de Mamíferos of the Instituto de Biología at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The Chiapas locality is ~1...
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The transformation and depletion of primary forest over the past few decades have placed almost half of the world's primate species under the threat of extinction. Developing any successful conservation program for primates requires distribution and demography data, as well as an understanding of the relationships between these factors and their ha...
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Intraspecific variation in floral traits, such as nectar, could lead to differences in the identity and pollinator effectiveness of visitors between populations of a flowering plant. We studied the bat-pollinated bromeliad species Pseudalcantarea viridiflora to determine whether there are differences in the identity of its pollinators and in its ne...
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We report the first prey species consumed by the free-ranging Van Gelder’s bat Bauerus dubiaquercus . We trapped four pregnant individuals of this species carrying freshly captured dung beetles. We describe the wing morphology and flight descriptors (wing loading and wing aspect ratio) of the species, which presents wings more suitable for capturin...
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Como cada año, la tradición de emplazar un nacimiento navideño se hace presente en los hogares de México y otros países latinoamericanos. Las figuras de José, María y el Niño Jesús son el tema central de la representación, seguidos de ángeles, reyes, borregos y… ¿murciélagos?
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El murciélago vampiro común, Desmodus rotundus, es un depredador que de forma obligatoria, se alimenta de sangre de vertebrados de un grupo diverso de presas, pero con preferencia a los mamíferos, tanto nativos como exóticos. El presente registro documenta la primera depredación potencial de un armadillo de nueve bandas, Dasypus novemcinctus, por D...
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In the genus Spathiphyllum (Araceae), pollination studies and observations mainly suggest that male euglossine bees (Euglossini: Apidae) are the main pollinators, and Spathiphyllum species seem to fit perfectly in the perfume flower pollination syndrome. Other flower visitors, mainly stingless bees (Meliponini), are frequently observed but mostly r...
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Permanent atypical coloration in mammals can occur by a congenital condition or environmental causes, but it is expressed by defects in melanocytes (melanin-producing cells) number or function. Around the world, bats have been reported with abnormal coloration, but only a handful of cases are from México. We report records of chromatic disorders in...
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In tropical ecosystems, environmental conditions are often less constraining, leading to an increase in the reproductive potential of several species of mammals. One of the strategies to enhance this reproductive potential is to exhibit postpartum oestrus, which is common among different bat families. In the Yucatan Peninsula, we observed for over...
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Global climate change is associated with changes in precipitation patterns and an increase in extreme weather events, which might shift the geographic distribution of species. Despite the importance of this topic, information is lacking for many species, particularly tropical birds. Here, we developed species distribution models (SDMs) to evaluate...
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The Order Rodentia in Mexico comprises 233 species, of which 180 are small rodents. Given their nocturnal habits and elusive nature, there is little information available about the small rodent species of arboreal habits. The Yucatán vesper mouse, Otonyctomys hatti, is endemic to the province of the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico, and listed under the c...
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La depredación de fauna silvestre por gatos urbanos es un problema ecológico mundial que actualmente afecta a diversas especies silvestres. No obstante, sus repercusiones a nivel ecológico son poco conocidas por la sociedad, en especial por los dueños de estos animales. Ante esta situación, surge la necesidad de brindar conocimiento claro, fundamen...
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Hay muchos animales no humanos que necesitan socializar, y para ello requieren vivir en grupos. Los murciélagos son un claro ejemplo. Pese a que existen leyendas urbanas que los asocian con los vampiros y, por tanto, con la personalidad de estos personajes que se alimentan de sangre, se protegen de la luz solar, son inmortales y muy solitarios, los...
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La distribución geográfica de las especies es uno de los aspectos alterados por el cambio climático, y aunque hemos tenido más de uno en la historia de la Tierra, el acelerado cambio actual nos impulsa a elaborar modelos de distribución para prevenir consecuencias; por ejemplo, ¿cuáles son las implicaciones de que para 2070 el colibrí yucateco ya n...
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El Centro de Investigaciones Tropicales (citro) de la Universidad Veracruzana fue fundado en Xalapa, Veracruz, en agosto de 2007. En el citro se realiza investigación interdisciplinaria con el objetivo de comprender, atender y proponer soluciones a problemas relacionados con la diversidad biocultural, la conservación biológica y el manejo de los re...
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Bats are nocturnal animals that can be identified by recording and analyzing quantitatively their echolocation calls. For this task, many studies have used both parametric and non-parametric approximations with a variety of results. This urges the necessity of developing more call libraries, that should be analyzed using the different statistical a...
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The study of bat acoustic signals requires specialized equipment with microphones capable of recording high frequencies. There has been growing interest in bat acoustics and a rapid evolution in ultrasonic recording equipment, from the pioneering work using detectors weighing several kilograms, to the current pocket-sized and open source recorders....
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We describe and illustrate Philodendron guadarramanum, a new species of Araceae from Tabasco, Mexico. This species grows in montane cloud forest and evergreen tropical rainforest at elevations between 700 and 1100 m. It is similar to Philodendron purulhense, but differs from that species by having petioles broadly and sharply sulcate adaxially, wit...
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The Handbook summarizes all the key steps in conducting an acoustic survey of a bat community, including project planning, strategies for data collection, approaches to analysis and interpretation, a guide to purchasing a bat detector, and a series of case studies. Chapter 1 (“Introduction to bat echolocation”) provides a broad introduction to the...
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Se reflexiona sobre los posibles efectos de la enfermedad COVID-19 en la educación, la investigación y el desarrollo tecnológico, en particular, en el proceso de docencia. La enseñanza de las ciencias biológicas y sus áreas de conocimiento, como la mastozoología, ecología, entre otros, se aborda bajo el esquema de dos componentes centrales. El prim...
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Werauhia maculata a new species from Tabasco, Mexico is described and illustrated. The new taxon possesses a large tank-rosette, with conspicuous and irregularly disposed dark purple marks on the basal portion of the leaves abaxial surface, a simple inflorescence, with secund and numerous whitish-flowers densely arranged on the rachis. The new taxo...
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The genus Monstera is represented in Mexico by nine species, of which five are reported for the region of Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz. During fieldwork between 2014 and 2019 in Los Tuxtlas, we discovered a previously undescribed species belonging to Sect. Marcgraviopsis and consisting of a third species from Mexico with a pendent habit. The new species M...
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Abstract Bat acoustic libraries are important tools that assemble echolocation calls to allow the comparison and discrimination to confirm species identifications. The Sonozotz project represents the first nation-wide library of bat echolocation calls for a megadiverse country. It was assembled following a standardized recording protocol that aimed...
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Las polillas o palomillas, junto con las mariposas, constituyen un grupo de lepidópteros que cuenta con cerca de 250 mil especies en todo el mundo, distribuidas en promedio en 120 familias (Scoble 1992). Además de la necesidad de conocer su diversidad, distribución y su abundancia, es importante contar con un inventario más completo de los lepidópt...
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The insectivorous bats of arid and semi-arid ecosystems have been poorly studied in México. The aim of this work was to determine the richness and activity of insectivorous bats in arid landscapes of central México over an annual cycle and identify the landscape and environmental features related to relative abundance patterns of bats. We carried o...
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Phenology in animals is strongly influenced by seasonality that promotes changes in abundance of food resources and temperature. These changes may impose energetic constraints to organisms in certain seasons during the year, especially on those animals facing high energetic demands, such as nectarivorous bats. Seasonality in temperate forests could...
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This paper presents an exhaustive review of the current knowledge on pollination of Araceae genera with bisexual flowers. All available studies on floral morphology, flowering sequence, floral scent, floral thermogenesis, floral visitors, and pollinators were carefully examined, with emphasis on the species-rich genera Anthurium Schott, Monstera Ad...
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Pollinators can be a limited resource and natural selection should favor differences in phenotypic characteristics to reduce competition among plants. Bats are important pollinators of many Neotropical plants, including the Bromeliaceae; however, the pre-pollination mechanisms for isolation among sympatric bat-pollinated bromeliads are unknown. Her...
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Forest structure and abiotic factors influence the habitat use of many mammals. For insectivorous bats, characteristics such as plant density, canopy cover, temperature, relative humidity and other seasonal changes over the course of the year can be important as regulators of food resource accessibility, and consequently of their nutritional health...
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Background: Chiropterophily encompasses the floral traits by which bats are attracted as the main pollinators. Among the chiropterophilous flowering plants of the New World, Bromeliaceae is one of the most ecologically important families; however, information about the chiropterophilous interaction in this family is still scarce. Aims: We present a...
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The diversity of parasitic bat flies (Streblidae and Nycteribiidae) from the Uxpanapa Valley in southern Veracruz, Mexico was studied. We captured bats from 2010 to 2012 in evergreen and secondary forests, as well as in rubber plantations and caves. A total of 251 out of 378 captured bats were examined. Twenty-six bat species belonging to the famil...
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El desastre ecológico de la región del Valle de Uxpanapa, al sur de Veracruz en los años setenta, es conocido como uno de los casos más re- presentativos de los efectos de la transformación masiva de miles de hec- táreas de selva alta perennifolia en campos agrícolas y áreas ganaderas. En ese entonces, el mandato consistió en convertir la zona en e...
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La región de Uxpanapa, en el sur de Veracruz, es uno de los principales centros de diversidad vegetal de México, pero las actividades humanas han ocasionado la desaparición de cerca del 80% de la vegetación original. Actualmente, las plantaciones de cítricos son un componente evidente del paisaje de la zona. Sin embargo, debido a su baja rentabilid...
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Bats may exhibit plasticity in echolocation pulses as response to intrinsic and extrinsic factors, and the estimation of the magnitude of such variation can provide confidence in acoustic monitoring. Myotis nigricans (Schinz, 1821) is a widely distributed but relatively understudied Neotropical species for which, during fieldwork, we found maternit...
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Forests are a key habitat for bats, but tend to be lost and fragmented in some agri-environment schemes. We studied the effects of forest cover change on phyllostomid bats in agricultural landscapes with increment of open areas in an upland region in Chiapas, southeast Mexico. We tested whether with forest cover increase there is a directly proport...
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The PREDICTS project—Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems (www.predicts.org.uk)—has collated from published studies a large, reasonably representative database of comparable samples of biodiversity from multiple sites that differ in the nature or intensity of human impacts relating to land use. We have used t...
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Artibeus jamaicensis is a medium-sized frugivorous microchiropteran bat that complements its diet with nectar and pollen during the dry season. We investigated which species of pollen are carried by A. jamaicensis in order to determine its potential role as a plant pollinator in the northern Yucatan Peninsula. We collected pollen from the fur of 19...
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Se reportan dos nuevos registros de moscas ectoparásitas de murciélagos (Diptera: Streblidae) para México (Trichobius brennani y Anatrichobius scorzai), así como otros seis nuevos registros para el estado de Veracruz colectadas sobre sus murciélagos hospederos pertenecientes a las familias Phyllostomidae y Vespertilionidae. De acuerdo con esta info...