Presenting the most recent research and synthetic reviews of more than thirty-five of the world's leading authorities on bats, Bat Biology and Conservation discusses bat phylogeny and evolution, functional morphology, echolocation, and conservation biology. Several contributors focus on long-standing problems in bat systematics and illustrate the value of well-substantiated phylogenetic hypotheses for understanding diverse biological patterns. Others emphasize the importance of investigating both form and function and consider how morphological and ecological constraints influence flight, mastication, and the sensory systems used in echolocation. Still others consider the conservation status of bats in every part of the world and discuss the protection of both roosting and foraging habitats.
As the loss of natural habitats and their species continues unabated, this book documents efforts to investigate bats in both tropical and temperate ecosystems. It is an essential reference not only for bat scientists but also for conservation biologists and those working with other mammalian groups.
|Publisher:||Smithsonian Institution Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.87(w) x 11.31(h) x 1.21(d)|
About the Author
Paul A. Racey is the Regius Professor of natural history at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 List of Contributors Chapter 2 Preface Part 3 I. Phylogeny and Evolution Chapter 4 1. A Reappraisal of Interfamilial Relationships of Bats Chapter 5 2. In the Minotaur's Labyrinth: Phylogeny of the Bat Family Hipposideridae Chapter 6 3. Phylogeny of Neotropical Short-Tailed Fruit Bats, Carollia spp.: Phylogenetic Analysis of Restriction Site Variation in mtDNA Chapter 7 4. Phylogenetic Accuracy, Stability, and Congruence: Relationships within and among the New World Bat General Artibeus, Dermanura, and Koopmania Chapter 8 5. A Southern Origin for the Hipposideridae (Microchiroptera)? Evidence from the Australian Fossil Record Part 9 II. Functional Morphology Chapter 10 6. Morphological Adaptations for Flight in Bats Chapter 11 7. Skin and Bones: Functional, Architectural, and Mechanical Differentiation in the Bat Wing Chapter 12 8. Chiropteran Muscle Biology: A Perspective from Molecules to Function Chapter 13 9. Form, Function, and Evolution in Skulls and Teeth of Bats Chapter 14 10. Chiropteran Hindlimb Morphology and the Origin of Blood Feeding Bats Chapter 15 11. Interspecific and Intraspecific Variation in Echolocation Call Frequency and Morphology of Horseshoe Bats, Rhinolophus and Hipposideros Part 16 III. Echolocation Chapter 17 12. How Echolocating Bats Search and Find Food Chapter 18 13. How Echolocating Bats Approach and Acquire Food Chapter 19 14. Computational Strategies in the Auditory Cortex of the Big Brown Bat, Eptesicus fuscus Chapter 20 15. Sensorimotor Integration in Bat Sonar Chapter 21 16. Adaptation of the Auditory Periphery of Bats for Echolocation Part 22 IV. Conservation Biology Chapter 23 17. Ecology of European Bats in Relation to Their Conservation Chapter 24 18. Impacts of Ignorance and Human and Elephant Populations on the Conservation of Bats in African Woodlands Chapter 25 19. Conservation Biology of Australian Bats: Are Recent Advances Solving Our Problems? Chapter 26 20. Brazilian Bats and Conservation Biology: A First Survey Chapter 27 21. The Middle American Bat Fauna: Conservation in the Neotropical-Nearctic Border Chapter 28 22. Tall Trees, Deep Holes, and Scarred Landscapes: Conservation Biology of North American Bats Chapter 29 23. Conservation of Bats on Remote Indo-Pacific Islands Chapter 30 24. Geographic Patterns, Ecological Gradients, and the Maintenance of Tropical Fruit Bat Diversity: The Philippine Model Chapter 31 Taxonomic Index Chapter 32 Subject Index