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A Natural History of Australian Bats

Working the Night Shift

Hardback
August 2012
9780643103740
More details
  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    3rd August 2012
  • ISBN 9780643103740
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11.75"
  • Images 4-color photos throughout
$83.95

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 these little bats know the entire landscape of its territory, 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 color photographs from Steve Parish, most of which have never been seen before.

Preface
Acknowledgements
1) Introduction
2) Travelogue
3) How bats are designed and how they work
4) Breeding
5) Bat ecology
6) Trials and tribulations of being a bat
7) Bats in history and in our lives today
8) Facts about bats and species profiles
Further reading and study
List of photographers
Glossary
Index

Greg Richards

Greg Richards has studied bats for over 40 years and with Leslie Hall has compiled information Australia-wide and overseas. As professional wildlife scientists, they both have always been fascinated by these animals.

Leslie Hall

Leslie Hall has studied bats for over 40 years and with Greg Richards has compiled information Australia-wide and overseas. As professional wildlife scientists, they both have always been fascinated by these animals.

Steve Parish

Steve Parish is a naturalist, photographer, publisher and promoter of nature and the environment, and has immersed himself in the natural world of Australia for the past five decades.