Bats in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book by Don E. Wilson

By Don E. Wilson

Do bats relatively drink blood? how briskly can bats fly? Are they on the topic of birds? What are the biggest and smallest bats? Why do they dwell in colonies?Long the themes of delusion and superstition, bats were one of the such a lot misunderstood of mammals as a result of their nocturnal behavior, skill for flight, and unusual visual appeal. Bats account for almost 1 / 4 of the world's mammal species, but at any time when they're noticeable they elevate questions.Seeking to dispel the myths linked to those amazing creatures and arguing for his or her key position in a balanced environment, Bats in query covers all facets of bat biology in a pragmatic question-and-answer layout. Describing the place bats stay, how they use echolocation to navigate, or even why they grasp the wrong way up, the e-book additionally offers the conservation prestige of all 925 bat species. the writer strains the evolution of bats and exhibits their extraordinary range by means of describing all of the significant teams by way of their assorted physique buildings and habitats. He additionally sheds gentle on bats' advanced social structures, impressive edition in measurement, and nutrition personal tastes that surround crops, bugs and mammals.The publication additionally explores cultural attitudes approximately bats - telling how, until eventually lately, bats have been relegated to the area of vampires and the way they've got emerged to take their position in public know-how as very important and interesting participants of our ecosystems.

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For instance, studies of bats flying in wind tunnels influence the development of new shapes and designs for the flying machines we humans favor. 20. A Samoan flying fox, Pteropus samoensis, soaring over the rain forest in Samoa. HOW FAST CAN BATS FLY? Bats are amazingly adept flyers, but they are not particularly fast compared with the fastest birds. The fastest species, those with high aspect ratios and high wing loading, normally fly high above the vegetation and are not as maneuverable as slower-flying forms.

Appendix: Conservation Status of Bats of the World (Order Chiroptera) General Bibliography Subject Bibliography Taxonomic Index Subject Index Photo gallery PREFACE Bats elicit an immediate and strong reaction from most people. Historically, that reaction has been almost uniformly negative, and bat populations have suffered as a result. In recent years, interest in bats has grown apace with appreciation of them, making bats an excellent topic for this series of books intended to inform the curious public about intriguing groups of animals.

Indeed, bats are relatively closely related to our own order, Primates. 1. (left) A hog-nosed bat, Craseonycteris thonglongyai, weighing less than a penny. This is the world’s smallest bat; it rests comfortably on two fingers of a human hand. 2. (right) One of the largest bats, Lyle’s flying fox, Pteropus lylei, being held by a Thai monk. HOW ARE BATS CLASSIFIED? Scientists use a system of scientific names called binomial nomenclature, which was developed by a Swedish biologist named Carolus Linnaeus in 1758.

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