SEABCRU Bat Research Workshop – Vietnam December 2014

December brought the SEABCRU to southern Vietnam for the last of our “Network Gap” Workshops. Northern Vietnam has been a center for bat research for the past 10 years, but little is known of the ecology of bats in the south of the country where there are no bat research experts. This is a concern, because bats in Southern Vietnam have experienced the greatest loss of habitat in the entire country, and are hunted for food and traditional medicine. Southern Vietnam was therefore ident
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Despite their contribution to regional biodiversity, their ecological and economic importance, and their imperiled status, public awareness of the conservation and economic value of bats in Southeast Asia is extremely low, and myths and prejudice abound. Consequently one of the objectives of the SEABCRU is to facilitate the development and implementation of outreach programs.


Do fruit bats orientate using sounds produced by their wings?

In 1988, Ed Gould reported wing clapping (also described as the sound of rain drops falling) by Eonycteris spelaea roosting in total darkness in Batu caves near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which ceased when the cave was illuminated. Bats living in a lighter part of the cave produced no so

Fangtastic — a new Hypsugo from Lao PDR and Vietnam

A long awaited description has finally been done  by T. Görföl and his colleagues  – a new species of Hypsugo was already mentioned as Hypsugo sp.A in their SE Asian bat barcoding study by Francis et al. in 2010. The species can be readily distinguished from all other SE Asian congene

Sigit Wiantoro — winner of the Spallanzani Fellowship from NASBR

Congratulations to SEABCRU’s Sigit Wiantoro who was this year’s winner of the Spallanzani Fellowship from the North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR). The Fellowship is awarded “to persons of any age or career stage that show meritorious recent accomplishment

3rd International Southeast Asian Bat Conference — Sarawak, August 2015 First Announcement

Mark your calendars!! I am delighted to say that the dates have been set for the 3rd International Southeast Asian Bat Conference — SEABCO 2015. SEABCRU Steering Committee Member, Dr Faisal Anwarali Ali Khan of the University of Malaysia, Sarawak (UNIMAS) is our local host. More

Pooping on the wing – bats the primary dispersers for grassland patches

The case is often made that bats complement birds as seed dispersers in reforestation projects because they tend to defecate in flight, or drop larger seeds that they are carrying. This paradigm has come largely from work in the Neotropics, where the role of fruit bats as dispersers o

SEABCRU Bat Conservation Research Workshop — Mandalay, Myanmar, August 2014

Last month the SEABCRU was in Mandalay, Myanmar for the second in its series of Network Gap workshop. Prior capacity-building initiatives by two SEABCRU members of the steering committee (Dr Paul Bates of the Harrison Institute, and Dr Tigga  Kingston of Texas Tech University) with th

Building India’s call libary

Research to understand bat diversity and bat responses to changing landscapes is often hampered by a lack of echolocation call libraries in the tropics. Here we publish the calls of fifteen species from five families found in the southern Western Ghats of India, with five species havi

Distinguishing the bright from the dark: a revision of Asian Chrysopteron

You may have heard of the Painted Woolly bat (Kerivoula picta) which is famous for its bright orange and broken coloration. But you may not know there is a group of Whiskered bats (Myotis spp.) also “painted” in Southeast Asia. Chyrsopteron is a subgenus of Myotis, representing specie