Bats in Question

Bats in Question

The Smithsonian Answer Book

Don E. Wilson, Merlin D. Tuttle

$18.99

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Long the subject of myth and superstition, bats have been among the most misunderstood of mammals due to their nocturnal habits, capacity for flight, and strange appearance. Seeking to dispel the myths associated with these remarkable creatures and arguing for their key role in a balanced ecosystem, Bats in Question covers all aspects of bat biology in a practical question-and-answer format.

Describing where bats live, how they use echolocation to navigate, and even why they hang upside down, the book also gives the conservation status of all 925 bat species. Don E. Wilson traces the evolution of bats and shows their remarkable diversity by describing each of the major groups in terms of their different body structures and habitats. He sheds light on bats' complex social systems, extraordinary variation in size, and food preferences that encompass plants, insects, and mammals. The book also explores cultural attitudes about bats—telling how, until recently, bats had been relegated to the world of vampires and how they have emerged to take their place in public awareness as important and fascinating members of our ecosystems.


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Don E. Wilson:
Mammalogist Don E. Wilson is Director of Biodiversity Programs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and is a member of the Scientific Board of Directors of Bat Conservation International. He is the editor of Mammal Species of the World (1993) and Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity: Standard Methods for Mammals (1996), both published by Smithsonian Institution Press.

An internationally recognized wildlife photographer and authority on bats, Merlin D. Tuttle is the founder and executive director of Bat Conservation International. He is the author of America's Neighborhood Bats (1988).


Mammalogist Don E. Wilson is Director of Biodiversity Programs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and is a member of the Scientific Board of Directors of Bat Conservation International. He is the editor of Mammal Species of the World (1993) and Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity: Standard Methods for Mammals (1996), both published by Smithsonian Institution Press.

An internationally recognized wildlife photographer and authority on bats, Merlin D. Tuttle is the founder and executive director of Bat Conservation International. He is the author of America's Neighborhood Bats (1988).

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