Bats in maternity colonies roost in trees and are faithful to a group of trees.

Here we describe, for the first time, the breakup of a colony and movement from an old group of trees to a new group of trees.

We used genetic analyses of wild bats to convincingly show that maternally related females were the ones that moved.

Our results are important because they help us understand how groups of mammals move around in the wild so that we can predict how groups will respond to increasingly fragmented habitat.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

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