How to Study Bats: Second Edition of a Classic Some Twenty Years Later
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Bats are hard to study. Second only to rodents in taxonomic diversity among mammals, bats challenge the researcher with astonishing variation in life history traits. Their ability to fly, their nocturnal, often secretive habits, their generally small size, and their variable metabolism that allows them to enter torpor and hibernation, represent several in a long list of formidable difficulties that researchers face in studying bats, both in the field and laboratory. Bats as subjects of scientific inquiry are as rich as might be expected from their exceptional diversity. That is why conceiving and producing a book on research methods like the one reviewed here represents an extraordinary challenge in the rapidly growing field of Chiropterology.
The highly successful first edition, edited by Kunz (1988), became a standard reference in bat biology research (>1000 citations on Google Scholar as of January 2011). Twenty one years later, the second edition of this monumental book,...
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