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Field Guides & Natural History  Mammals  Bats (Chiroptera)

Bats An Illustrated Guide to All Species

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By: Marianne Taylor(Author), Merlin D Tuttle(Illustrator)
400 pages, colour photos
Publisher: The Ivy Press
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Bats are given the Ivy Press treatment in this photographic guide, with Merlin Tuttle contributing the images.
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From the Giant Golden Crowned Flying Fox, a megabat with a wingspan of over five feet, to the aptly named Bumblebee Bat, the world's smallest mammal, the number and diversity of bat species is proving to be very rich and vastly underestimated. Nocturnal, fast-flying, and secretive, their behaviours are extremely difficult to observe and catalog. This lavishly illustrated handbook offers in-depth profiles of 300 megabats and microbats and detailed summaries of all the species identified to date. An endlessly fascinating guide with a hefty introduction exploring their natural history and unique adaptations to life on the wing, Bats includes close-up images of these animals' delicate, intricate and sometimes grotesque forms and faces, each shaped by evolution to meet the demands of an extraordinarily specialized life.

Contents

Introduction 6
- What is a bat?
- Evolution
- Diversity
- Mega and micro
- Biology
- Anatomy
- Senses
- Flight
- Echolocation Behavior
- Foraging, hunting, and diet
- Social structure
- Reproduction
- Migration
- Hibernation
- Ecology
- Habitat
- Distribution
- Economic importance
- Conservation
- Endangered and recently extinct species

Species Accounts 36-390
- Suborder Megachiroptera (Order Chiroptera)
- Pteropodidae
- Suborder Microchiroptera (Microbats)
- Superfamily Emballonuroidea
- Emballonuridae (sac-winged or sheath-tailed bats)
- Superfamily Molossoidea
- Molossidae (free-tailed bats)
- Superfamily Nataloidea
- Furipteridae (smoky bats)
- Myzopodidae (sucker-footed bats)
- Natalidae (funnel-eared bats)
- Thyropteridae (disk-winged bats)
- Superfamily Noctilionoidea
- Mormoopidae (ghost-faced or moustached bats)
- Mystacinidae (New Zealand short-tailed bats)
- Noctilionidae (bulldog bats or fisherman bats)
- Phyllostomidae (leaf-nosed bats)
- Superfamily Rhinolophoidea
- Megadermatidae (false vampires)
- Nycteridae (hollow-faced or slit-faced bats)
- Rhinolophidae (horseshoe bats)
- Hipposideridae (Old World leaf-nosed bats)
- Superfamily Rhinopomatoidea
- Craseonycteridae (Bumblebee bat)
- Rhinopomatidae (mouse-tailed bats)
- Superfamily Vespertilionoidea
- Vespertilionidae (vesper bats or evening bats)
- Antrozoidae (Pallid bat and Van Gelder's bat)

Resources 392
Index 394
Acknowledgments 400

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Biography

Marianne Taylor is a freelance writer, illustrator, photographer and editor. Her interest in natural history began from an extremely early age, as she became passionately interested in first butterflies and then birds, then wildlife in general. As the daughter of two librarians, one of whom later became a secondhand bookseller, she was as bookish as she was animal-obsessed. She worked for seven years in natural history publishing, first in the natural history department of Bloomsbury Publishing, and later for Birdwatch magazine. She began a new career as a freelance writer in 2007, and since then has written more than a dozen books for adults and children on a range of natural history subjects. Her previous work includes RSPB British Birds of Prey (A&C Black), Dragonflight (Bloomsbury), and The Nature Book (Michael O'Mara).

Popular Science Coming Soon SPECIAL OFFER
By: Marianne Taylor(Author), Merlin D Tuttle(Illustrator)
400 pages, colour photos
Publisher: The Ivy Press
NHBS
Bats are given the Ivy Press treatment in this photographic guide, with Merlin Tuttle contributing the images.
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