Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species

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 ecosystems 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 four hundred 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 and intricate forms and faces, each shaped by evolution to meet the demands of an extraordinarily specialized life.

Title:Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species
ISBN:9781588346476
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    Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species Reviews

  • Jade

    My favorite feature of this book is how the author repeatedly refers to specific species as being "beautiful", "appealing", or "attractive". I got the feeling they really wanted to call them cute, but...

  • Victoria

    MUST HAVE for bat lovers!A quick (50ish pages plus many illustrations) biological introduction to bats in general preludes a guide to all living bat species--EACH OF THEM PHOTOGRAPHED IN FULL COLOR. I...

  • Emma

    It probably isn’t fair to say that this book is an illustrated guide to all bat species. While it’s true that all of the known species are named in the text, there are only detailed descriptions o...

  • Madeline

    Bats are good....

  • Henry B

    I came here for cute bat pictures and oh boy did I get them.A glossary and organizational tables would have been appreciated; there is also a bothersome number of minor typographical errors....

  • Daniel

    I had not given bats much thought before I read this book. I assumed there had to be one species of bat that lived who knows where. I was wrong. There are over 1,300 species of bats. A few of the spec...

  • Jo

    Love seeing all the different ways bats evolved to take advantage of their unique ecological niche! The wild variety in their face morphology is the best, and they're all very cute. Even the ones that...

  • Judy

    Wonderful reference book for adults who have a serious interest in bats. Tuttle has spent decades studying these mammals, and this book is full of his photos....

  • Gina

    Smithsonian Books are always winners in my book, and this was wonderful! I found this book so fascinating, and I learned so many new bat facts! The pictures were gorgeous, bats = CUTEST!...

  • Natalie

    A nice and detailed collection of bats and I love the images....