Bats

Overview

M. Brock Fenton, a noted bat ecologist and researcher, cleverly details a myriad of aspects about this often misunderstood mammal. In this thoroughly updated edition, the book presents more than 75 species illustrated in full color and features many others depicted in concise line drawings or black & white photographs.

Topics addressed in detail include: origins and evolution, their senses, diet, roosts and habitats, hibernation, reproduction, complex social organization, ...

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Overview

M. Brock Fenton, a noted bat ecologist and researcher, cleverly details a myriad of aspects about this often misunderstood mammal. In this thoroughly updated edition, the book presents more than 75 species illustrated in full color and features many others depicted in concise line drawings or black & white photographs.

Topics addressed in detail include: origins and evolution, their senses, diet, roosts and habitats, hibernation, reproduction, complex social organization, the truth about vampire bats, myths and facts about bats and public health and bat conservation.

 

“…covers all kinds of bats from a worldwide perspective, all aspects of their lives, and their relationship with humans. The many color photographs and illustrations help make this an attractive, interesting, and informative volume.” (Library Journal)

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Library Journal
In recent years, a number of books about bats have been published, but most have limited their scope in some way, whether to a category of bat, type of bat activity, region of the world, or level of intended audience. Bats , written by a bat scholar and author of books and numerous scientific articles about these flying mammals, covers all kinds of bats from a worldwide perspective, all aspects of their lives, and their relationships with humans. Intended as a general introduction for the general reader, this book discusses the origins of bats, their anatomy, echolocation capabilities, eating habits, social organization, and classification. It also includes chapters on bats and public health, bat conservation, people's images of bats, and vampire bats. The many color photographs and illustrations help make this an attractive, interesting, and informative volume that will be a worthy addition to school, public, and undergraduate college libraries.-- William Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
School Library Journal
YA-- There are more than 900 living species of this misunderstood creature, but certain characteristics, such as echolocation, are not shared by all of them. Readers learn that tidbit and many others in this large and lavishly illustrated book. Fenton admirably presents just about all anyone could ever need or want to know about bats in 13 chapters; 20 informational boxes; an appendix of scientific names; an extensive bibliography of general works, works for children, and even bat newsletters; and a detailed index. The format is accessible and the information is clearly presented. Similar to Schober's Lives of Bats (Arco, 1984; o.p), this book should be extremely useful for reports and will be fascinating leisure reading.-- Susan H. Woodcock, Potomac Library, Woodbridge, VA
Booknews
Revised edition of a reference that explores the world of bats, from their anatomy and behavior to where they live and how they fly. Fenton (biology, York U.) examines all aspects of bat biology and dispels many myths, such as the belief that bats are blind. He also explores mankind's images of bats in art and folklore, religion, and in the popular imagination. Updated information includes bat anatomy, behavior, sonar sight, senses, diets, roosts, habitats, social organization, conservation, and the proven existence of vampire bats, Extensively illustrated with about 200 color photographs. Oversize: 9.25x12.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550414820
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/30/2012
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 789,541
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

M Brock Fenton is currently Chair of the Biology Department at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He has studied the ecology and biology of bats all over the world, including Costa Rica, Australia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introducing Bats: Their Anatomy, Origins and Flight 1
The Names of Bats
Anatomy
The Origins of Bats
The Size of Bats
Flight
2 Studying Bats 21
Catching Bats
Identifying Bats
Marking Bats
Other Approaches
3 Echolocation: The Sonar Sight of Bats 37
The Echolocators
The History of Echolocation in Bats
Humans Discover Echolocation
Echolocation in Bats
Producing and Transmitting Echolocation Calls
Echolocation Signals
Receiving and Analyzing Echoes
The Advantages of Echolocation
The Disadvantages of Echolocation
Switching Off Echolocation
4 Other Senses, Orientation and Migration 53
The Other Senses
Orientation
Migration
5 What Bats Eat 61
Food Processing
Animals as Bat Food
Plants as Bat Food
Finding Food
Water and Waste
6 Where Bats Roost 77
Foliage
Hollows
Crevices
Special Roosting Habits
Variations in Roosting Behavior
Bats and Temperature Regulation
Hibernation
Aestivation
7 Social Organization, Family Life and Communication 93
Roost Associations Among Bats
Reproduction
The Mating Game
The Young
Communication
8 Bat Populations: Production, Predators and Parasites 107
Accidents and Problems of the Young
Predators of Bats
Parasites
Covivants
Parasites, Diseases and Survival
9 And Now Some Bats 117
Old World Fruit Bats, The Pteropodidae
Mouse-Tailed Bats, The Rhinopomatidae
Hog-Nosed Bats, The Craseonycteridae
False Vampire Bats, The Megadermatidae
Slit-Faced Bats, The Nycteridae
Horseshoe Bats, The Rhinolophidae
Bulldog Bats, The Noctilionidae
Short-Tailed Bats, The Mystacinidae
Mustached Bats, The Mormoopidae
New World Leaf-Nosed Bats, The Phyllostomidae
Plain-Nosed Bats, The Vespertilionidae
Free-Tailed Bats, The Molossidae
10 Vampire Bats 149
Origins
Blood as Food
The Hunt
Risks and Social Support
11 Bats and Public Health 157
Rabies
Histoplasmosis
Bats: Hazard or Nuisance?
Bat Control
12 Bat Conservation 167
Habitat Destruction
Human Attitudes
Human Consumption
The Science and Education Market
Human Recreation: Caving
Pesticides
The Danger of Labels
Protecting Bats
Three Steps
13 Images of Bats 179
Appendix: Common and Scientific Names of Bats in Text 189
Bibliography 195
Index 201
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