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Handbook of the Mammals of the World - Volume 9 Bats

Handbook of the Mammals of the World - Volume 9 Bats

Edited by Don E Wilson & Russell A Mittermeier, Illustrated by Ilian Velikov, Blanca Martí de Ahumada, Alex Mascarell Llosa, Faansie Peacock, Jesús Rodríguez-Osorio Martín & Lluís Sogorb Mallebrera.

Volume 9 completes the Handbook of Mammals of the World series, and it deals with the bats, order Chiroptera.

Our knowledge of bats has exploded in the past two decades, and all of that information is reflected in this volume. The number of recognised species has increased by more than 400 during that time and is still growing. Bats occupy almost every habitat on six continents and their ecology is incredibly diverse. Pollinators and seed dispersers for thousands of species of plants, bats are critical for the maintenance of tropical ecosystems.

As always, the text includes up-to-date information on every species, and each one is carefully illustrated. The family accounts include colour photos documenting a variety of behaviours of these interesting mammals.

  • 73 colour plates
  • More than 450 colour photos
  • 1423 distribution maps.


  • Family Pteropodidae (Old World Fruit Bats)
  • Family Rhinopomatidae (Mouse-tailed Bats)
  • Family Craseonycteridae (Hog-nosed Bat)
  • Family Megadermatidae (False-vampire Bats)
  • Family Rhinonycteridae (Trident Bats)
  • Family Hipposideridae (Old World Leaf-nosed Bats)
  • Family Rhinolophidae (Horseshoe Bats)
  • Family Emballonuridae (Sheath-tailed Bats)
  • Family Nycteridae (Slit-faced Bats)
  • Family Myzopodidae (Madagascar Sucker-footed Bats)
  • Family Mystacinidae (New Zealand Short-tailed Bats)
  • Family Noctilionidae (Bulldog Bats)
  • Family Furipteridae (Smoky Bat and Thumbless Bat)
  • Family Thyropteridae (Disk-winged Bats)
  • Family Mormoopidae (Ghost-faced Bats, Naked-backed Bats and Moustached Bats)
  • Family Natalidae (Funnel-eared Bats)
  • Family Molossidae (Free-tailed Bats)
  • Family Miniopteridae (Long-fingered Bats)
  • Family Cistugidae (Wing-gland Bats)
  • Family Vespertilionidae (Vesper Bats)


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