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Bat research at the 2015 meeting of the SE Asian chapter of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in Phnom Penh

The annual meeting of the SE Asian chapter of the ATBC was held in Phnom Penh from 30 March – 2 April and attracted over 300 researchers and conservationists from throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including 100 delegates from Cambodia. Plenary speakers at the event included the renowned bat specialists Dr. Merlin Tuttle (USA) and Dr. David Westcott (Australia) who spoke at length on ‘The amazing world of bats and a novel view of conservation’ and ‘Living at a landscape scale – flying fox movem
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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.

SEABCRU News

Eonycteris spelaea — an essential link in durian pollination networks.

Further documentation of just how wonderful Eonycteris spelaea is with a new paper out this month in the Journal of Pollination Ecology.  Pushpa Raj Acharya is the lead author, and here is a wonderful write-up on the history of Eonycteris spelaea studies and the significance of the st

Scientists find a new genus of false vampire from Thailand

A team of international scientists, led by two SEABCRU members, Dr. Pipat Soisook (Prince of Songkla University, Thailand) and Dr. Paul Bates (Harrison Institute, UK), discovered a new genus and species of false vampire. The new bat, namely Eudiscoderma thongareeae, is the sixth membe

3rd International Southeast Asian Bat Conference website and abstract call

The website for the conference is up and can be found here http://seabco2015.wix.com/home?fb_ref=Default Abstracts are due 30th April, so get busy everyone!!

Complex geographic variation in calls, morphology and genetic relationships in the Intermediate Horseshoe Bat

The Intermediate Horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus affinis) is one of the most common cave species using constant frequency (CF) calls in Southeast Asia. In the past, variations of morphology and echolocation calls within the species have been observed among different geographic populations.

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 gr

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,