A Natural History of Australian Bats

Working the Night Shift

Author: Steve Parish,Greg Richards,Les Hall


ISBN: 0643103767

Category: Science

Page: 192

View: 8620

To hold a little microbat in your hand, its body the size of the end of your thumb, is nothing but astounding. Its head is nearly the size of a man’s fingernail, its tiny ears are twitching as it struggles to get free, and then it bares its teeth to try and scare you into letting it go. Inside that tiny head is a powerhouse of information. Some of our little bats know the entire landscape of our east coast, and can pinpoint a cave entrance in dense forest 500 km from its last home. When they get there they know what to do – where to forage, which bat to mate with and how to avoid local predators. A Natural History of Australian Bats uncovers the unique biology and ecology of these wonderful creatures. It features a description of each bat species found in Australia, as well as a section on bat myths. The book is enhanced by stunning colour photographs from Steve Parish, most of which have never been seen before.

Australian Bats

Author: Sue Churchill

Publisher: New Holland Pub Pty Limited


Category: Nature

Page: 230

View: 6479

This book tells you everything you need to know about bats from Australia. From evolution and mythology to eating and mating habits.

Flying Foxes

Fruit and Blossom Bats of Australia

Author: Leslie S. Hall,Gregory Richards

Publisher: UNSW Press

ISBN: 9780868405612

Category: Nature

Page: 135

View: 5877

Sometimes kept as family pets, flying foxes are much beloved in Australia. This work covers issues such as descriptions of Australia's 13 species of flying foxes and blossom bats, their physiology of flight, ecology, diet and behaviour, and management of populations.

A Natural History of Australian Parrots

A Tribute to William T. Cooper

Author: Joseph M. Forshaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780958174220


Page: 344

View: 9107

This book is the final collaboration of Joseph M. Forshaw and William T. Cooper and combines the finest Cooper artwork with an updated, authoritative Forshaw text. Presented as a deluxe edition, this book is truly a combination of art and science presenting many previously unpublished Cooper drawings, sketches and paintings. Containing more than 300 artworks, it is fully cased in grey Ballantine cloth, with black blocking and marbled endpapers. The book is landscape format printed on fine quality satin art paper and the size is 350 mm x 305 mm.

Wildlife of Australia

Author: Iain Campbell,Sam Woods

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 140084682X

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 5829

Ideal for the nature-loving traveler, Wildlife of Australia is a handy photographic pocket guide to the most widely seen birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and habitats of Australia. The guide features more than 400 stunning color photographs, and coverage includes 350 birds, 70 mammals, 30 reptiles, and 16 frogs likely to be encountered in Australia's major tourist destinations. Accessible species accounts are useful for both general travelers and serious naturalists, and the invaluable habitat section describes the Australian bush and its specific wildlife. Animal species with similar features are placed on the same plates in order to aid identification. Wildlife of Australia is an indispensable and thorough resource for any nature enthusiast interested in this remarkable continent. Easy-to-use pocket guide More than 400 high-quality photographs Accessible text aids identification Habitat guide describes the Australian bush and its specific wildlife Coverage includes the 350 birds, 70 mammals, 30 reptiles, and 16 frogs most likely to be seen on a trip around Australia

The Biology and Conservation of Australasian Bats

Author: Bradley Law,Peggy Eby,Lindy Lumsden,Daniel Lunney

Publisher: Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales

ISBN: 0980327245

Category: Science

Page: 509

View: 960

This book, the Biology and Conservation of Australasian Bats, follows from the successful 3-day forum of the same name held in April 2007 at the Australian Museum. The forum was organised jointly by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW and the Australasian Bat Society.

Bats of Britain and Europe

Author: Christian Dietz,Andreas Kiefer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472935764

Category: Nature

Page: 400

View: 5591

This concise and definitive guide presents all 45 bat species that regularly occur in Europe (of which 17 are known to breed in the British Isles). The extensive introduction details the remarkable biology of bats and explores the latest findings in bat evolution, behaviour and echolocation. This is followed by in-depth species accounts covering life history, conservation status and identification, including echolocation characteristics, and complemented by accurate distribution maps, with the book illustrated throughout with superb colour photography. Suitable for beginners, students, professionals or conservationists alike, Bats of Britain and Europe is the authoritative field guide for bat watchers – an essential reference for every bat enthusiast. - Allows identification of families, genera and where possible species of all European bats - Illustrated throughout with almost 700 colour photographs - Packed with information on bat behaviour, ecology and conservation


Author: Tessa Laird

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780239378

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 3493

Bats have been maligned in the West for centuries. Unfair associations with demons have seen their leathery wings adorn numerous evil characters, from the Devil to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But these amazing animals are ecological superheroes. Nectar-feeding bats pollinate important crops like agave; fruit-eating bats disperse seeds and encourage reforestation; and insect-eating bats keep down mosquito populations and other pests, saving agricultural industries billions of dollars. Ranging in size from a bumblebee to creatures with a wingspan the length of an adult human, found on all continents except Antarctica, and displaying extraordinary abilities like echolocation—a built-in sonar system that enables many bats to navigate in the dark—these incredibly diverse mammals are as surprising as they are misunderstood. In Bat, Tessa Laird challenges our preconceptions as she combines fascinating facts of bat biology with engaging portrayals of bats in mythology, literature, film, popular culture, poetry, and contemporary art. She also provides a sobering reminder of the threats bats face worldwide, from heatwaves and human harassment to wind turbines and disease. Illustrated with incredible photographs and artistic representations of bats from many different cultures and eras, this celebration of the only mammals possessing true flight will enthrall batty fans, skeptics, and converts alike.

A Bat Man in the Tropics

Chasing El Duende

Author: Theodore Fleming

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520929487

Category: Science

Page: 333

View: 526

The euphoria of discovery is the only motivation many scientists need for studying nature and its secrets. Yet euphoria is rarely expressed in scientific publications. This book, a personal account of more than thirty years of fieldwork by one of the world’s leading bat biologists, wonderfully conveys the thrill of scientific discovery. Theodore Fleming’s work to document the lives and ecological importance of plant-visiting bats has taken him to the tropical forests of Panama, Costa Rica, and Australia, and to the lush Sonoran Desert of northwest Mexico and Arizona. This book tells the story of his fascinating career and recounts his many adventures in the field. Fleming weaves autobiographical reflections together with information on the natural history and ecology of bats and describes many other animals and plants he has encountered. His book details the stresses and rewards of life in scientific field camps, gives portraits of prominent biologists such as Dan Janzen and Peter Raven, and traces the development of modern tropical biology. A witness to the destruction and development of many of the forests he has visited throughout his career, Fleming makes a passionate plea for the conservation of these wild places.


Author: Leslie S. Hall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781741935141

Category: Bats

Page: 96

View: 2382

Aims to introduce you to the fascinating world of bats, from cute flying foxes and strange looking leaf-nosed bats to the unique, ethereal Ghost Bat, and to dispel the negative myths about these remarkable mammals.

Reproductive Biology of Bats

Author: Elizabeth G. Crichton,Philip H. Krutzsch

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9780080540535

Category: Science

Page: 510

View: 8769

The Reproductive Biology of Bats presents the first comprehensive, in-depth review of the current knowledge and supporting literature concerning the behavior, anatomy, physiology and reproductive strategies of bats. These mammals, which occur world-wide and comprise a vast assemblage of species, have evolved unique and successful reproductive strategies through varied anatomical and physiological specialization. These are accompanied by individual and/or group behavioral interactions, usually in response to environmental mechanisms essential to their reproductive success. Is the first book devoted to the reproductive biology of bats Contains in-depth reviews of the literature concerned with bat reproduction Contributors are widely recognized specialists Provides a powerful database for future research

A Guide to Australian Moths

Author: Paul Zborowski,Ted Edwards


ISBN: 0643099042

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 5102

Moths are often thought of as the ugly cousins of butterflies, yet their colours can be just as remarkable and, with over 20,000 species in Australia, their biology and lifestyles are far more diverse. With striking colour photographs of live moths in their natural habitat, this guide illustrates all the major moth families in Australia, including some rarely seen species. It provides many curious facts about the unusual aspects of moth biology, including details on day-flying species, camouflage, moths that mimic wasps, larvae with stinging hairs, and larvae that have gills. This easy-to-read book includes sections on the iconic Witjuti grubs, Bogong moths, the giant-tailed Hercules moths of northern Queensland (one of the largest moths in the world, with a wingspan of over 25 cm), moths that release hydrocyanic acid in their defence, and moths that produce ultrasonic calls that bats learn to associate with a bad taste. A Guide to Australian Moths highlights the environmental role of moths, their relationships with other animals and plants, and their importance to humans. It provides a unique introduction to the extraordinary diversity of moths found in Australia.

The Rose's Kiss

A Natural History of Flowers

Author: Peter Bernhardt

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226044408

Category: Gardening

Page: 290

View: 5441

In The Rose's Kiss, botanist Peter Bernhardt rekindles our sense of wonder at the plant life all around us. He presents a fascinating and wide-ranging look at the natural history of flowers - their forms and functions as well as their hidden interactions with the surrounding environment and the other living organisms upon which they depend for survival. The Rose's Kiss will hold wide appeal for nature lovers, garden enthusiasts, and anyone interested in learning more about the inner workings of the natural world.

Field Guide to Mammals of Australia

Author: Peter Menkhorst,Frank Knight

Publisher: OUP Australia & New Zealand

ISBN: 9780195573954

Category: Science

Page: 296

View: 382

This fully revised and updated edition of A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia is the only comprehensive guide to identifying all 382 species of mammals known in Australia.

A Bush Capital Year

A Natural History of the Canberra Region

Author: Ian Fraser,Peter Marsack


ISBN: 0643101551

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

View: 1595

Follows a year in the nature reserves, rural and suburban areas of the ACT.

Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth

Author: Ted Hughes

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571278825

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

View: 1417

Ffangs lives with the other vampires on Vampire Island, but he is different from the rest - he can't stand the sight of blood! When he arrives in London, everyone is too frightened to listen when he explains that he only wants to be human. And soon he finds himself alone in Buckingham Palace to face Thomas the Vampire Hunter . . .

Boomerang and Bat

The Story of the Real First Eleven

Author: Mark Greenwood,Terry Denton

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1952533430

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 3309

In 1868 a determined team of Aboriginal cricketers set off on a journey across the world to take on England's best. Led by star all-rounder Johnny Mullagh, and wearing caps embroidered with a boomerang and a bat, they delighted crowds with their exceptional skill. From the creators of Jandamarra, this is the remarkable story of the real first eleven.

Bats and Viruses

A New Frontier of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Author: Lin-Fa Wang,Christopher Cowled

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118818725

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 5765

Approximately 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonoses, and the rate of emergence of zoonotic diseases is on the rise. Bats are being increasingly recognised as an important reservoir of zoonotic viruses of different families, including SARS coronavirus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus and Ebola virus. Understanding bats’ role in emerging zoonotic diseases is crucial to this rapidly expanding area of research. Bats and Viruses: A New Frontier of Emerging Infectious Diseases provides an updated overview of research focusing on bat biology and the role bats play as hosts of many major zoonotic viruses. The text covers bat biology, immunology, and genomics. Chapters also delve into the various major bat-borne virus families, including lyssaviruses, paramyxoviruses, coronaviruses, filoviruses and reoviruses, among others. Edited by leaders in the field, Bats and Viruses: A New Frontier of Emerging Infectious Diseases is a timely, invaluable reference for bat researchers studying microbiology, virology and immunology, as well as infectious disease workers and epidemiologists, among others.