Bats are the only true flying mammals and account for about a quarter of all mammal species. This book covers many aspects of bat biology, including their evolutionary origins, roles in ecosystems, reproductive biology, foraging behaviour, hibernation, and genetics. The subject of fruit eating bats of the old world tropics are discussed. The coverage is international, and with contributors from nine countries the diversity of current bat research, as well as the diversity of the bats themselves, is evident. This book is intended for professional zoologists and ecologists, postgraduate students in zoology and ecology. Serious amateur naturalists.
`Each paper is supported by copious references and the book should prove invaluable to students, researchers and bat enthusiasts.'
Glasgow Naturalist, vol.23, part 2, May 1997
`'...this book is recommended to everybody who is interested in evolutionary, ecological, behavioural or conservation aspects, not just of bats but of mammals in general: I found it really stimulation to browse through the chapters and be inspired bu open questions, new facts, new ideas or new methods, and to find at least enough references to be able to initatie a much more detailed literature search.''
B.Konig, Zurich, J.Zool.Syst.Evol. Research 35 (1997) 151-152.
Chiropteran monophyly/diphyly (two chapters)
Fruit bats as keystone species (three chapters)
Reproductive biology, physiology, and energetics (six chapters)
Ecology and ecophysiology of Microchiroptera (six chapters)
Microchiropteran behaviour and ecology (six chapters)
Genetic studies of north temperate vespertilionid bats (three chapters)