Dataset for Global Bat Caves is now available online. Click the LINK below to DOWNLOAD corresponding datasets.

Dataset 1. The first dataset contains taxonomic checklists for all extant cave-dwelling bats species extracted from the expert-based International Union for the Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List database version 2020.1. It also contains the General metadata for traits included in the current version of the database: habitat preference, ecological status, feeding groups, geographical range, island endemism, geopolitical endemism, distribution range, biogeographical breadth, generation length, body mass, and threatening process. [Download here]

Dataset 2. The second dataset contains the bat cave geographical location (latitude/longitude) and recorded species. [Download here]

Dataset 3. The third dataset included in the database contains the measured land-use and landscape features of the cave surroundings using the georeferenced data from the second dataset. Reference for individual entries in Dataset 3 are included in Dataset 2. [Download here]

Dataset 4. The fourth dataset lists the parasitic bat flies and their Laboulbeniales fungal hyperparasites associated with cave bats. [Download here]

Usage note

All datasets included in DarkCideS are publicly available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public Licences (, where users and authors may freely use our datasets, with the condition that the sources are credited and acknowledged, the original license is linked, and any modifications and treatments to our data are indicated in the final work or material.

When using the datasets associated to this database, we encourage users to cite as:

Tanalgo K.C.,* Tabora J.A.G., Oliveira H.F.M., *Haelwaters D., Beranek C.T., Otálora-Ardila A., Bernard E., Gonçalves F., Eriksson A., Donnelly M., González J.M., Ramos H.F., Rivas A.C., Webala P., Deleva S., Dalhoumi R., Maula J., Lizarro D., Aguirre L., Bouillard N., Quibod M.N.R., Barros J., Turcios-Casco M.A., Martínez M., Ordoñez-Mazier D.I., Orellana J.A.S., Ordoñez-Trejo E.J., Ordoñez D., Chornelia A., Lu J.M., Xing C., Baniya S., Muylaert R.L., Dias-Silva L., Ruadrea N., *Hughes A.C., (2021). DarkCideS 1.0, a global database for bats in karsts and caves. Authorea Preprints DOI: 10.22541/au.163578759.92395202/v1

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