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Walker's bats of the world / Ronald M. Nowak ; introduction by Thomas H. Kunz and Elizabeth D. Pierson.

By: Nowak, Ronald M.
Contributor(s): Walker, Ernest P. (Ernest Pillsbury), 1891-1969. Walker's mammals of the world | Walker, Ernest P. (Ernest Pillsbury), 1891-1969. Mammals of the world.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994Description: 287 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0801849861 (pbk. : acid-free paper) :.Subject(s): Bats | Bats -- ClassificationDDC classification: 599.4
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

From the African long-tongued fruit bat to the wrinkle-faced bat of Mexico and Central America, Walker's Bats of the World is a guide to this 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 represent 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.

"Portions of this book have been adapted from Walker's mammals of the world, 5th edition, by Ronald M. Nowak, c1991"--T.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-283) and index.


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The publication of at least nine new books on bats during the past six years suggests a growing popular and academic interest in this widespread, second-largest order of mammals. Among these books, however, none provides a detailed survey of worldwide bat fauna. The only comprehensive generic account of world bats available was the lengthy section on bats in that outstanding two-volume compendium Walker's Mammals of the World, by Nowak and John L. Paradiso (4th ed., CH, Jan'84). The publisher of that book has excerpted the section covering bats and offers it here separately, including all of the literature citations relating to bats from the original source. In addition to the generic reviews, two bat authorities, Thomas Kunz and Elizabeth Pierson, contributed a lengthy, highly readable introduction to bats. They summarize such topics as distribution, behavior, echolocation, hearing, vision, feeding habits, habitats, social organization, ecological and economic importance, and conservation. Neither their literature citations nor the photographs duplicate those of the major section. The extensive coverage of this lavishly illustrated book makes it an essential, accessible reference on bats for a wide audience. General; undergraduate through faculty. R. L. Smith; West Virginia University