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In a World of Echoes


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-8
  2. Johan Eklöf, Jens Rydell
    Pages 9-20
  3. Johan Eklöf, Jens Rydell
    Pages 21-36
  4. Johan Eklöf, Jens Rydell
    Pages 37-54
  5. Johan Eklöf, Jens Rydell
    Pages 55-74
  6. Johan Eklöf, Jens Rydell
    Pages 75-82
  7. Johan Eklöf, Jens Rydell
    Pages 83-98
  8. Johan Eklöf, Jens Rydell
    Pages 99-112
  9. Johan Eklöf, Jens Rydell
    Pages 113-132
  10. Johan Eklöf, Jens Rydell
    Pages 133-146
  11. Johan Eklöf, Jens Rydell
    Pages 147-152
  12. Johan Eklöf, Jens Rydell
    Pages 153-171
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 172-176

About this book


This comprehensive book about the lives of bats is about a group of peculiar, mythical and fascinating animals. They are mammals, just like us, but still so different. The book covers bats from Latin American Maya temples to Swedish potato cellars; from the plains of Kenya to the Taiwanese mountains.

We perceive their shadows flitting by in the summer nights, hear their mating calls in the darkness of autumn and see their silhouettes in the dim street light. The bats live in our houses and forage in our gardens and parks. But who are they and how do they lead their lives?

The text and exquisite photos give an unsurpassed insight into the world of sounds and smells that bats encounter each night. We are told about how their senses, way beyond our human perception abilities, shape their lives. We get to know more about their habits, their long evolution and their cohabitation with humans, and how important they are to the environment.

You will never again feel lonely in the darkness of the night.


bat evolution and diversity bat reproduction flight hibernation migration bat senses bat conservation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BollebygdSweden
  2. 2.Department of BiologyLund University LundSweden

About the authors

Johan Eklöf (PhD) is a Swedish zoologist and copywriter. He works as a consultant with bat surveys, conservation biology, research, and scientific communication. Johan has published fictional as well as non-fictional books on bats, animal evolution and life in general. He travels throughout Sweden, not just in search of bats, but also to learn more about folklore and bat myths. In 2016, he received a scholarship from the Swedish Writers’ Union to explore the field of bat mythology.

Jens Rydell (PhD) is a Swedish scientist and photographer, working with bat ecology and conservation at Lund University. Jens is the author of well over a hundred of scientific papers on bats and insects, lately with focus on the effects of wind power and artificial lighting. Jens was rewarded with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences conservation prize 2017 and was the same year nominated for the finals in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition held by Natural History Museum in London. 


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bats
  • Book Subtitle In a World of Echoes
  • Authors Johan Eklöf
    Jens Rydell
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-66537-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-66538-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 168
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 140 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original Swedish edition published by Hirschfeld Förlag, Malmö and Johan Eklöf och Jens Rydell, 2015
  • Topics Popular Life Sciences
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Bats: In a World of Echoes offers readers an interesting glimpse into the secret lives of bats. … The book is nicely illustrated with a wide assortment of full-color photographs of bats in the wild. Scientific jargon is kept to a minimum and discussion is largely accessible, making this a suitable text for general readers interested in learning more about the unique lives of bats.” (D. A. Brass, Choice, Vol. 56 (5), 2019)​