This revised edition of a book first published in 2010 supplements the original account of the 116 bat species then known to be found in Southern and Central Africa with an additional eight newly described species. The chapters on evolution, biogeography, ecology and echolocation have been updated, citing dozens of recently published papers. The book covers the latest systematic and taxonomic studies, ensuring that the names and relationships of bats in this new edition reflect current scientific knowledge. The species accounts provide descriptions, measurements and diagnostic characters as well as detailed information about the distribution, habitat, roosting habits, foraging ecology and reproduction of each species. The updated species distribution maps are based on 6,100 recorded localities.
A special feature of the 2010 publication was the mode of identification of families, genera and species by way of character matrices rather than the more generally used dichotomous keys. Since then these matrices have been tested in the field and, where necessary, slightly altered for this edition. New photographs fill in gaps and updated sonograms aid with bat identification in acoustic surveys. The bibliography, which now contains more than 700 entries, will be an invaluable aid to students and scientists wishing to track down original research.
FOREWORD TO THE FIRST EDITION
FOREWORD TO THE SECOND EDITION
Classification and taxonomy
MUSEUM COLLECTIONS AND PIONEERING RESEARCHERS
The value of specimens
Databases and author’s contributions
Torpor and hibernation
Foraging ecology and associated ecological services
Specialised roost sites
Ancient basement rocks
Climates past and present
Types of bat echolocation pulses
Ecology of bat echolocation and flight
Recording echolocation calls
Spectrograms and echolocation
LIST OF SPECIMENS
Ara Monadjem is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of eSwatini, where he has been lecturing in zoology for the past 26 years. Peter John Taylor is Professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Venda. Fenton (Woody) Cotterill is a Research Fellow with the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project. M Corrie Schoeman is Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
"In this extensive revision of their ground-breaking book, the authors display their commanding expertise on southern African bats. The volume serves as an authoritative and engaging summary of generations of research, and offers naturalists everywhere a highly readable account of some of Africa’s most diverse and fascinating mammals."
– B. D. Patterson, MacArthur Curator of Mammals, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA
"The second edition of Bats of Southern and Central Africa is a one-stop-shop for understanding the biology and natural history of bats. It is a must-read primer for bat biologists, students, naturalists, enthusiasts, and those of us considering conservation of these fascinating and ecologically important, but highly misunderstood mammals."
– Paul W. Webala, Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, Maasai Mara University, Narok, Kenya
"A masterpiece for bat researchers and conservationists who wish to learn about African bat species. This second edition exceeds all expectations, and will be an essential reference, superseding the widely used first edition."
– Adrià López-Baucells, Natural Sciences Museum of Granollers, Spain