Artibeus jamaicensis: Delayed Embryonic Development in a Neotropical Bat

Science  29 Jan 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3969, pp. 402-404
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3969.402


In Panama the phyllostomid bat Artibeus jamaicensis is seasonally polyestrous, and young are born in March or April and July or August. Blastocysts conceived after the second birth implant in the uterus but are dormant from September to mid-November, when normal development again resumes.