Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species
The ultimate illustrated guide to all known bat species
Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species explores bats and their fundamental role in our ecosystem through lavish full-color photographs and lively narrative. From the Giant Golden Crowned Flying Fox, a megabat with a wingspan of more than five feet, to the aptly named Bumblebee Bat, the world's smallest mammal, the number and diversity of bat species have proven to be both rich and underestimated. Nocturnal, fast-flying, and secretive, bats are difficult to observe and catalog. This richly illustrated handbook presents bats' evolution, biology, behavior, and ecology. It offers in-depth profiles of 400 megabats and microbats and detailed summaries of all the species identified to date. Complete with an introduction exploring bats' natural history and their unique adaptations to life on the wing, Bats includes close-up images of these animals' delicate, intricate, and sometimes grotesque forms and faces, each shaped by evolution to meet the demands of an extraordinarily specialized life.
ISBN 10: 1588346471
ISBN 13: 9781588346476
MARIANNE TAYLOR is a writer, illustrator, photographer, and editor. She worked for seven years in natural history publishing, first in the natural history department of Bloomsbury Publishing and later for Birdwatch magazine. She has written more than a dozen books for adults and children on a range of natural history subjects. MERLIN TUTTLE is an American ecologist, conservationist, and wildlife photographer who has specialized in bat ecology, behavior, and conservation. His most recent book is The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals.