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More species of woolly bats whisper in Southeast Asia’s rainforests

The insectivorous Woolly bats (Genus Kerivoula) are only found in the Old World tropics, including Southeast Asia. Species of the genus are characterized by small body size (2.5-13 gram), funnel-shaped ears, very high-pitched echolocation, and their fidelity to forests. Despite the great species richness recorded in Thailand, a recent study led by Dr. Bounsavane Douangboubpha reveals there are more species then we knew in the country. By comparing morphological data and barcoding DNA, the author
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Outreach

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.

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Scholarships & Grassroots Grants for Bat-Centric Projects Focused on Critical Conservation Needs Bat Conservation International

Bat Conservation International has released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for its 2015 scholarships and grassroots grants to fund bat-centric projects that qualify within at least one of our three conservation need categories. Category #1: Answering ecological or behavioral questi

Adding new pieces to the Sumatran bat puzzle: more species documented on the island

Despite its great mammalian fauna, the bat diversity of Sumatra remains one of the least known of the large Indonesian islands. Between 2010-2012, a research team of faculty, staff, and students from Texas Tech University, Universiti Lampung, Wildlife Conservation Society-Indonesian P

Quantifying the bushmeat trade in North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi province, Indonesia, is a center for the bushmeat trade, especially of flying foxes of the species Pteropus alecto and Acerodon jubatus. This level of intense consumption is unsustainable in the long-term and will lead to increasing hunting pressure in other provinces,

Bat guano enhances plant growth

Bat guano has long been used as a natural fertilizer for crops in certain areas of Cambodia and Vietnam. As its efficacy as a fertilizer is unknown, Sothearen, Furey and Jurgens conducted the first formal testing of bat guano as an agent of enhanced crop growth. Guano was found to inc

Dr Tigga Kingston announced as new BSG Co-Chair

I am honored to announce that I have been appointed as the new Co-Chair of the IUCN’s Bat Specialist Group. I am taking over from Professor Paul Racey, who served the group for nearly 30 years! My responsibility is for the Old World bats and I will be serving alongside Professor

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 e

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