A Miscellany of Bats

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    AuteursM. Brock Fenton & Jens Rydell
    UitgeverPelagic Publishing
    Jaar van uitgave  2023

    Bats have long been the focus of fascination, and sometimes fear: they move faultlessly through the darkness and spend the day hanging upside down in gloomy caverns and cracks – most at home where humans are least comfortable. Bats also represent a hugely important, numerous and varied group, accounting for 20% of all mammal species worldwide. Covering their biodiversity, ecology and natural history, A Miscellany of Bats offers a hoard of insights into the lives of these creatures.

    For over a quarter of a century Brock Fenton and the late Jens Rydell collaborated on projects involving bats. Here they bring together a collection of stories and anecdotes about bat research, brought to life by stunning photographs of these animals in action. Key topics include flight and echolocation, diet and roosting habits, and the complex social lives of bats. Jens and Brock also address issues of conservation and the interactions between bats and people, ranging from matters of disease to bats’ role as symbols, and our fixation with vampire bats. They explore how echolocation and flight shape batkind, from their appearance to where they go and why. Overall, this book is an entertaining and personal vision of bats’ central place in the universe. More than 150 species are covered.

    Table of Contents


    1. Introducing bats
    Wings and size
    Blind as a bat
    Catching and identifying bats
    Marking and tagging
    Brock’s initiation
    Jens’ start
    Box: What on Earth?

    2. Bat wings and flight
    Wing anatomy
    White wings
    How fast do bats fly?
    Flying antics
    Box: Colour in bats

    3. Seeing with sound
    The perils of generalization
    Basic echolocation
    Why echolocate?
    Echolocation and the faces of bats
    Box: Beam control and bite power

    4. Echolocation: a window onto bat behaviour
    Biologists as eavesdroppers on bats
    Insect prey
    Bat communication
    Air traffic control
    Box: Echolocation and foraging

    5. What bats eat, part 1
    Learning how much a bat consumes
    Some bats eat birds
    What insects do bats eat?
    Specialized hunting
    Box: Diets of bats

    6. What bats eat, part 2
    Fruit-eating species
    Bats and flowers
    Box: The curious case of bananas

    7. Vampire bats

    8. Where bats occur and where they roost
    Bat roosts
    Box: Patterning in bats
    Lingering challenges
    Bats up north
    Box: Bat boxes

    9. Social lives of bats
    What is a colony of bats?
    Food availability and social patterns
    Box: Observational learning

    10. How bats use space
    Box: Bats get around

    11. Threats to bats
    Wind turbines
    Light pollution
    A world without bats?
    Global change
    Box: Keeping bats away

    12. Bats and people
    Attitudes towards bats
    Bats and disease
    Bats as symbols

    13. Bats as beings
    A last word to the bats

    Cast of bats




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