Several years in the making, this book is due to be co-published by Wits University Press and the South African National Biodiversity Institute SANBI in early 2010 as a full-colour book including colour plates of bats, skull photographs, and spectrograms of bat echolocation calls. Full-colour distribution maps comprise the core of the book, and these accurate point maps with modeled potential ranges overlaid illustrate the distribution of 102 species of bats throughout south-central Africa. Previous works provided only shaded range maps. The maps included here are based on some 5500 species-locality records based on museum specimens from 15 museum collections around the world, of which most were personally identified by one of the authors. Significantly, the book includes several synthetic chapters on the evolution, biogeography, ecology and echolocation of bats. Species accounts provide information on a wide range of biological topics and include colour photographs of bats 82 species, skull and dental photographs 85 species and accurate time-expanded echolocation call spectrograms 56 species. Identification is aided by detailed character matrices an acknowledged improvement on dichotomous keys, which are useful for identification in the field as well as from museum voucher specimens.
Number of Pages: 496 Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9781868145089 Publication Date:01/01/2010 Listed in:Mammals Publisher:Wits University Press