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New bats for Cambodia

Cambodia has been described as one of the least explored countries in term of it bat fauna in the Southeast Asia region. However, extensive field expeditions in recent years have revealed a total of 66 species of bats occurred in Cambodia (more than double in terms of the number of species reported before). In addition, recent surveys by Chheang et al. 2013 added four new records to the country, thus increasing the species checklist to 70 species. Species recently collected were Cynopterus horsf
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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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Fishermen as Batmen – Bat Ecotourism in the Philippines

The Philippines is home to more than 74 species of bats of which 54% are endemic to the country. Despite the local, national and international efforts directed towards conservation of wildlife, many bat populations particularly roosting populations of flying foxes are in dramatic decl

Phylogeography of the Great Himalayan Leaf-nosed bat Hipposideros armiger

An international team of scientist, including one of the SEABCRU committee members Dr Pipat Soisook, published results of the study of the population history of Hipposideros armiger, a fairly common cave-dwelling Leaf-nosed bat in the Oriental region, in the latest issue of Journal of

A new finding on the taxonomy of bamboo bats

The bat world currently includes three bamboo bat species: the Greater Bamboo Bat (Tylonycteris robustula),  the Lesser Bamboo Bat (Tylonycteris pachypus), and the Pygmy Bamboo Bat (Tylonycteris pygmaeus). Of these, the Greater and Lesser Bamboo Bats are distributed  widely in South a

Hungry for hoppers – the economic value of Thailand’s Wrinkle-lipped Bats

With an ever-increasing human population size in Asia, the need to identify sustainable practices to ensure food security is a priority. An article published by Wanger et. al. demonstrates that a single cave-roosting bat species, Chaerephon plicatus (the Wrinkled-Lipped Bat), substant

A new Myotis from Vietnam

A new Myotis species is described in the latest issue of Acta Chiropterologica on the basis of morphology and barcoding sequences from Vietnam and Lao PDR. It also occurs in China, according to barcoding results from earlier literature. The species resembles Myotis montivagus and Myot

Bravo! More Murina Species from Southeast Asia

A back-to-back discovery of new Murina species is reported from Thailand by the end of 2013. Guillen’s Tube-nosed bat, M. guilleni, is the twentieth new species of the genus described in the past eight years. This small orange-brown bat is named after Antonio Guillen-Servent, who firs

Flying Fox Protocols and Disease Guidelines in Bahasa Indonesia

To continue from the great work done at the Cambodian FF workshop, the roost count data sheets and protocols, along with the disease guidelines have now all been translated into Indonesian. They are now available in the resources section. Thanks to Sheherazade and Felicia Lasmana for

A new Tube-nosed bat from Thailand

A new Murina species, Murina balaensis, is recently described from Thailand by two SEABCRU committee members, Pipat Soisook and Paul Bates, and their colleagues. M. balaensis is a small bat of the suilla species group. It is most similar to M. eleryi from Vietnam and Lao PDR., but can