Bats of the United States and Canada

Bats of the United States and Canada

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The only mammals capable of true flight, bats are among the world's most fascinating creatures. This accessible guide to the forty-seven species of bats found in the United States and Canada captures and explains the amazing diversity of these marvels of evolution.

A wide variety of bat species live in the United States and Canada, ranging from the California leaf-nosed bat to the Florida bonneted bat, from the eastern small-footed bat to the northern long-eared bat. The authors provide an overview of bat classification, biology, feeding behavior, habitats, migration, and reproduction. They discuss the ever-increasing danger bats face from destruction of habitat, wind turbines, chemical toxicants, and devastating diseases like white-nose syndrome, which is killing millions of cave bats in North America. Illustrated species accounts include range maps and useful identification tips.

Written by three of the world's leading bat experts and featuring J. Scott Altenbach's stunning photographs, this fact-filled and easy-to-use book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date account of bats in the U.S. and Canada.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12mm | 408g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • 2 Graphs; 47 Maps; 135 Illustrations, color
  • 1421401916
  • 9781421401911
  • 775,702

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionClassificationBiologyEcholocationsBenefits of Insectivorous BatsForagingFeeding BehaviorNoninsectivorous BatsVampire BatsGuanoSummer HabitatSummer-Autumn SwarmingWinter Habitat and HibernationMigrationHoming AbilityReproduction and LongevityBats as FoodBat "Bombs"Mines and BridgesControlling "Nuisance" BatsAttracting BatsThreats to BatsRabiesHistoplasmosisBats and Wind PowerWhite-nose SyndromeConservationStatus of Bats in the United States and CanadaEndangered Species and SubspeciesResearch TechniquesInventoriesThermal ImagingNets and TrapsBat BandingRadiotelemetryAcoustic IdentificationAdditional TechniquesSpecies AccountsMexican Long-tongued Bat, Choeronycteris mexicanaMexican Long-nosed Bat, Leptonycteris nivalisLesser Long-nosed Bat, Leptonycteris yerbabuenaeCalifornia Leaf-nosed Bat, Macrotus californicusJamaican Fruit-eating Bat, Artibeus jamaicensisPeter's Ghost-faced Bat, Mormoops megalophyllaFlorida Bonneted Bat, Eumops floridanusGreater Bonneted Bat, Eumops perotisUnderwood's Bonneted Bat, Eumops underwoodiPallas' Mastiff Bat, Molossus molossusPocketed Free-tailed Bat, Nyctinomops femorosaccusBig Free-tailed Bat, Nyctinomops macrotisBrazilian Free-tailed Bat, Tadarida brasiliensisBig Brown Bat, Eptesicus fuscusWestern Red Bat, Lasiurus blossevilliiEastern Red Bat, Lasiurus borealisHoary Bat, Lasiurus cinereusSouthern Yellow Bat, Lasiurus egaNorthern Yellow Bat, Lasiurus intermediusSeminole Bat, Lasiurus seminolusWestern Yellow Bat, Lasiurus xanthinusEvening Bat, Nycticeius humeralisCanyon Bat, Parastrellus hesperusTri-colored Bat, Perimyotis subflavusRafinesque's Big-eared Bat, Corynorhinus rafinesquiiTownsend's Big-eared Bat, Corynorhinus townsendiiSpotted Bat, Euderma maculatumAllen's Big-eared Bat, Idionycteris phyllotisPallid Bat, Antrozous pallidusSilver-haired Bat, Lasionycteris noctivagansSouthwestern Bat, Myotis auriculusSoutheastern Bat, Myotis austroripariusCalifornia Bat, Myotis californicusWestern Small-footed Bat, Myotis ciliolabrumLong-eared Bat, Myotis evotisGray Bat, Myotis grisescensKeen's Bat, Myotis keeniiEastern Small-footed Bat, Myotis leibiiLittle Brown Bat, Myotis lucifugusDark-nosed Small-footed Bat, Myotis melanorhinusArizona Bat, Myotis occultusNorthern Long-eared Bat, Myotis septentrionalisIndiana Bat, Myotis sodalisFringed Bat, Myotis thysanodesCave Bat, Myotis veliferLong-legged Bat, Myotis volansYuma Bat, Myotis yumanensisSpecies of Accidental OccurrenceHairy-legged Vampire Bat, Diphylla ecaudataBuffy Flower Bat, Erophylla sezekorniCuban Flower Bat, Phyllonycteris poeyiCuban Fig-eating Bat, Phyllops falcatusSummaryAppendix: Bats of the United States and Canada (Including Protection Status)Index
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Richly illustrated with an outstanding assortment of full-color photographs... Written in a clear and conversational style... Whether you are just becoming interested in bats or are already a well-informed chiropteran reader, this text will be a fine addition to your caving library. -- Danny A. Brass * Underground Movement * If you are at all interested in bats, get a copy of this book. You will be glad you did! * Book Bargains and Previews * A well-written, interesting primer on bats that provides a broad overview of bat biology and conservation... The book is richly illustrated with an excellent assortment of full-color photographs. Written in a clear, conversational style, the volume is suitable for general readers interested in learning more about this fascinating and unique group of mammals. * Choice * Almost anyone who has an interest in bats will find the book useful. For the expert it's a quick but not overly detailed description of the biology, distribution, and appearance of the species in question and perfect for quick questions regarding life history or distribution. For novice bat biologists it should be a great introduction to the biology of bats; I can see it as an inexpensive text for an undergraduate class in bats. And for the general reader it's an easy way to start to plumb bat diversity, biology,and threats. * Journal of Mammalogy * A nice addition to home and library bookshelves everywhere. -- Micheal D. Baker * Journal of Mammal Evolution * I would recommend this book to anyone interested in an up-to-date introduction to bats and their biology, in the United States and Canada... an inexpensive and invaluable resource for teaching and outreach. -- Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell * Bat Research News * This comprehensive guide will be useful for all interested in Chiroptera. -- Evelyne Bremond-Hoslet * Mammalia *
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About Michael J. Harvey

Michael J. Harvey is professor emeritus and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology at Tennessee Technological University. J. Scott Altenbach is professor emeritus in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico. Troy L. Best is a professor of biological sciences at Auburn University.
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