Bats

An illustrated guide to all species

; Dr. Merlin D. Tuttle (Forord)

"Meshing deft scientific text with Tuttle's sumptuous images, it's a superb introduction to the baroque morphologies and flying prowess of these beguiling beasts."- Nature

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"Meshing deft scientific text with Tuttle's sumptuous images, it's a superb introduction to the baroque morphologies and flying prowess of these beguiling beasts."- Nature

Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species looks in detail at the more than 1,300 species known today.

Nocturnal, fast-flying and secretive, they are endlessly fascinating, yet extremely difficult to observe and catalogue. The diversity of bats is both rich and underestimated and the threats they face from humans are very real. This guide illuminates the world of bats and reveals their true nature as intelligent, social and deeply misunderstood creatures.

This extravagantly illustrated handbook features the work of famed nature photographer Merlin D. Tuttle and in-depth profiles of 288 bats, from the Large Flying Fox, which has a wingspan of more than five feet, to the Bumblebee Bat, contender for the world's smallest mammal. Bats includes close-up images of these animals' delicate and intricate forms and faces, each shaped by evolution to meet the demands of an extraordinarily specialized life, and a thorough introduction which explores their natural history and unique adaptations to life on the wing.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Foreword 6

Introduction 8

Bat Research 10

What is a Bat? 12

Evolution 16

Diversity 19

Biology 22

Behavior 30

Ecology 44

Bats & People 48

About this Book 57

Yangochiroptera accounts 58
Myzopodidae * Emballonuridae * Nycteridae * Furipteridae * Mormoopidae * Mystacinidae * Natalidae * Noctilionidae * Phyllostomidae * Thyropteridae * Cistugidae * Miniopteridae * Molossidae * Vespertilionidae

Yinpterochiroptera accounts 298
Pteropodidae * Craseonycteridae * Hipposideridae * Megadermatidae * Rhinolophidae * Rhinonycteridae * Rhinopomatidae

Index of Scientific Names 388

Index of Common Names 397

Acknowledgments & Biographies 400