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Bats of the United States and Canada Paperback – Nov 2 2011
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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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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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The species' descriptions are great with interesting and useful informations, especially on roosting, feeding and hibernating behaviours. Each specie goes with a gorgeous picture.
Unfortunaly, the photographs do not focus on specie identification. The book does not include species description and the only informations about the species anatomy is weight and wingspan.
I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in bats. It is also valuable information to who studies bats in north america if you're rather focused on behaviour than anatomy and if you're not looking for an identification guide.
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There are forty-seven species of bats living in North America north of Mexico. Four others, including the hairy-legged vampire, have been seen at least once but are considered "accidentals," with no permanent population. The first half of this nice little book is devoted to a pretty thorough, if brief, review of all aspects of bats, including their biology, importance, and conservation issues. The latter is up to date, with both white-nose syndrome and wind turbines mentioned. As usual, we are asked to accept uncritically that bats must be beneficial because they eat insects. The second half runs through all the forty-seven species, with a page of text, a distribution map, and a large color photo. These are sorted by family, but that is hard to discover, since the family is not mentioned in the descriptions. A table in the appendix lists the species by family, with a code for their conservation status, such as endangered or threatened.
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