Walker's Bats of the World

Walker's Bats of the World

by Ronald M. Nowak
     
 

From the African long-tongued fruit bat to the wrinkle-faced bat of Mexico and Central America, Walker's Bats of the World is an astonishingly complete guide to this fascinating, beneficial, and varied order of mammals. It includes scientific and common names, as well as the number and distribution of species, measurements and physical traits, habitat, daily

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From the African long-tongued fruit bat to the wrinkle-faced bat of Mexico and Central America, Walker's Bats of the World is an astonishingly complete guide to this fascinating, beneficial, and varied order of mammals. It includes scientific and common names, as well as the number and distribution of species, measurements and physical traits, habitat, daily and seasonal activity, population dynamics, home range, social life, reproduction, and longevity. Textual summaries present accurate, well-documented descriptions of the physical characteristics and living habits of bats in every part of the world. Endangered species and those having singular economic importance are given particular attention.

Through five highly praised editions Walker's Mammals of the World has remained the most comprehensive—the preeminent—reference work on mammals. Now for the first time a single large segment of that encyclopedic work—the section on Chiroptera, or bats—is available in paperback as a separate volume. Lavishly illustrated with pictures by noted wildlife photographers, the book includes photographs of many rarely seen bats. As in the complete Walker's Mammals, most photographic illustrations depictlive animals rather than skins or skeletons.

Since publication of the first edition in 1964, Walker's Mammals of the World has become a favorite guide to the natural world for general readers and an invaluable reference for professionals. Now Walker's Bats makes a significant portion of that work accessible to a new audience

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle

Amazing black-and-white photos of these truly otherworldy flying mammals in this definitive encyclopedia for lay and scholarly readers alike.

Natural History

These well-written, deep-digging summaries are among the best available anywhere.

Scientific America

A reference bargain for any library where young readers and old enjoy animals.

Journal of Mammalian Evolution
This monumental book will be the essential methodological source in bat research for years to come.

— Norberto P. Giannini

Journal of Mammalian Evolution - Norberto P. Giannini

This monumental book will be the essential methodological source in bat research for years to come.

Booknews
**** A splendid reference. Much of the work is adapted from Walker's Mammals of the World, 5th ed., 1991, edited by Nowak (and cited in BCL3). We lament that the magnificent color plates embellishing the covers are not continued in the book. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801849862
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 10.01(h) x 0.85(d)

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Sunday Examiner San Francisco
"Amazing black-and-white photos of these truly otherworldy flying mammals in this definitive encyclopedia for lay and scholarly readers alike."

Meet the Author

Ernest P. Walker (1891-1969) began work on Mammals of the World in the early 1930s, when he became assistant director of the National Zoo in Washington. Ronald M. Nowak is the author of the fourth and fifth editions of Walker's Mammals of the World. His other works on mammalogy include North American Quaternary Canis and several parts of the National Geographic Society's Wild Animals of North America, for which he also was editorial consultant. He received a doctorate in biology from the University of Kansas in 1973 and has worked as a mammalogist ever since. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

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