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Bat Ecology

New paperback of Kunz & Brock Fenton's comprehensive bat reference

By: Thomas H Kunz(Editor), M Brock Fenton(Editor)

779 pages, 112 b/w illustrations, 28 tables

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Dec 2005 | #152307 | ISBN: 0226462072
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Hardback | Jul 2003 | #138638 | ISBN: 0226462064
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New paperback edition of this essential text on bat ecology.

In recent years researchers have discovered that bats play key roles in many ecosystems as insect predators, seed dispersers, and pollinators. Bats also display astonishing ecological and evolutionary diversity and serve as important models for studies of a wide variety of topics, including food webs, biogeography, and emerging diseases. In Bat Ecology, world-renowned bat scholars present an up-to-date, comprehensive, and authoritative review of this ongoing research.

The first part of Bat Ecology covers the life history and behavioral ecology of bats, from migration to sperm competition and natural selection. The next section focuses on functional ecology, including ecomorphology, feeding, and physiology. In the third section, contributors explore macroecological issues such as the evolution of ecological diversity, range size, and infectious diseases (including rabies) in bats. A final chapter discusses conservation challenges facing these fascinating flying mammals.

Bat Ecology is the most comprehensive state-of-the-field collection for scientists and researchers.

"Kunz and Fenton have enlisted an outstanding group of bat biologists, who, without exception, have done a superb job summarizing and synthesizing the material in their respective chapters [...] This is a very valuable book."
– John O. Whitaker Jr., Ecology



1. Ecology of Cavity and Foliage Roosting Bats
Thomas H. Kunz and Linda F. Lumsden
Types of Roosts
Morphological and Behavioral Adaptations for Roosting
Colony Size
Roost Fidelity
Influence of Roost Selection on Social Organization and Mating Systems
Relationships between Roosting and Foraging Behavior
Conservation of Cavity and Foliage Roosting Bats
Literature Cited

2. Sensory Ecology and Communication in the Chiroptera
John D. Altringham and M. Brock Fenton
Seven Species
The Senses
Sound: Echolocation to Communication
Multimodal Communication
Mother-Young Communication
Some Challenges
Literature Cited

3. Bats and Balls: Sexual Selection and Sperm Competition in the Chiroptera
Gerald S. Wilkinson and Gary F. McCracken
Literature Cited

4. Ecology of Bat Migration
Theodore H. Fleming and Peggy Eby
Definition of Migration
Why Migrate?
Who Migrates?
Physiological Consequences of Migration
Life History, Social, Population Genetic, and Community Consequences of Migration
Conservation Consequences of Migration
Basic Differences between the Migratory Ecology of Birds and Bats
Literature Cited

5. Life Histories of Bats: Life in the Slow Lane
Robert M. R. Barclay and Lawrence D. Harder
Life-History Data
Life Histories of Bats
The Unique Biology of Bats
Testing Hypotheses regarding Life-History Evolution
The Consequences of Polyovulation for Life-History Variation among Bats
The Fast-Slow Continuum among Bats
Scenario for the Evolution of Bat Life Histories
Literature Cited

6. Ecomorphology of Bats: Comparative and Experimental Approaches Relating Structural Design to Ecology
Sharon M. Swartz, Patricia W. Freeman, and Elizabeth F. Stockwell
Correlational Approaches to Assessing Form and Its Ecological Significance
Function-Focused Approaches to Morphological Analysis
Computer Modeling Approaches in Ecomorphology
Phylogenetic Considerations in Ecomorphology
Literature Cited

7. Attack and Defense: Interactions between Echolocating Bats and Their Insect Prey
Gareth Jones and Jens Rydell
Echolocation and Insectivory in Early Bats
Which Insects Are Eaten by Bats and When?
How Bats Detect and Capture Insects
Capture Success and Prey Selection
Insect Defenses against Bat Predation
Literature Cited

8. Glossophagine Bats and Their Flowers: Costs and Benefits for Plants and Pollinators
Otto von Helversen and York Winter
How Flowers Are Made Conspicuous for Pollinating Bats
Energy and Food Resource Requirements
Scaling of Energy Expenditures and Community Assembly Rules
Evolution of Bat Pollination
Transitions between Pollination Systems
Loose Ends and Directions for Future Research
Literature Cited

9. Bats and Fruits: An Ecomorphological Approach
Elizabeth R. Dumont
Fruits as Food
Patterns of Resource Use
Directions for Future Research
Literature Cited

10. Physiological Ecology and Energetics of Bats
John R. Speakman and Donald W. Thomas
A Primer on Heat Flow, Metabolic Rate, and the Regulation of Body Temperature
Resting Energy Expenditure of Euthermic Bats
Regulation of Body Temperature and the Use of Torpor by Bats
Flight and the Energetic Costs of Locomotion
Estimating and Measuring Field Metabolic Rate in Bats
Literature Cited

11. Evolution of Ecological Diversity in Bats
Nancy B. Simmons and Tenley M. Conway
Early Evolution of Bats
Evolution of Foraging Habits in Extant Families
Chiropteran Body Size
Evolution of Biogeographic Patterns
Discussion and Conclusions
Literature Cited

12. Trophic Strategies, Niche Partitioning, and Patterns of Ecological Organization
Bruce D. Patterson, Michael R. Willig, and Richard D. Stevens
Conceptual Underpinnings and Terminology
Bat Ensembles and Their Characteristics
Broad-Scale Patterns in the Organization of Local Bat Assemblages and Ensembles
Overview and Prospectus
Literature Cited

13. Patterns of Range Size, Richness, and Body Size in the Chiroptera
Michael R. Willig, Bruce D. Patterson, and Richard D. Stevens
Patterns of Species Range Size
Patterns of Species Richness
Patterns of Body Size
Literature Cited

14. Bats, Emerging Virus Infections, and the Rabies Paradigm
Sharon L. Messenger, Charles E. Rupprecht, and Jean S. Smith
A Primer of Terms
Biological Attributes of Bats and Disease Facilitation
Bats and the Recent Emergence of New Viral Diseases
Disease Ecology in Bats: The Rabies Paradigm
Literature Cited

15. Conservation Ecology of Bats
Paul A. Racey and Abigail C. Entwistle
Conservation Status of Bats
Threats to Bat Populations
Ecological Requirements of Bats
Development of Conservation Approaches
Literature Cited

List of Contributors
Author Index
Species Index
Subject Index

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Thomas H. Kunz is professor of biology and director of the Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology at Boston University. He is coeditor, most recently, of Bat Biology and Conservation. M. Brock Fenton is professor of biology at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of, among other books, The Bat: Wings in the Night Sky and Bats, revised edition.

- John D. Altringham
- Robert M. R. Barclay
- Tenley M. Conway
- Elizabeth R. Dumont
- Peggy Eby
- Abigail C. Entwistle
- Theodore H. Fleming
- Patricia W. Freeman
- Lawrence D. Harder
- Gareth Jones
- Linda F. Lumsden
- Gary F. McCracken
- Sharon L. Messenger
- Bruce D. Patterson
- Paul A. Racey
- Jens Rydell
- Charles E. Rupprecht
- Nancy B. Simmons
- Jean S. Smith
- John R. Speakman
- Richard D. Stevens
- Elizabeth F. Stockwell
- Sharon M. Swartz
- Donald W. Thomas
- Otto von Helversen
- Gerald S. Wilkinson
- Michael R. Willig
- York Winter

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