by Sue Churchill
Edition: 2nd., 2008
This striking guide provides identification for all 75 species of bats known from Australia. The species are illustrated with color photographs, and each species account includes a detailed description of the bat, measurements, a distribution map, and notes on where they live, what they eat, and how they find food and reproduce. The book also provides general information on these fascinating animals: their evolution, why they hang upside down, roosting and reproduction, echolocation, and how to catch, survey, and care for bats, including health hazards. An identification key to the eight Australian bat families is provided, with important features illustrated by line drawings and photographs, as well as illustrated keys to all the species.
This book has been written with two aims: it is hoped that the initial chapters will stimulate the interest of the general naturalist who wishes to learn more about bats and that the keys and species accounts will be a valuable resource for bat researchers and people requiring detailed ecological information on particular species. I have attempted to use as few technical terms as possible.