Kerivoula krauensis spreads its wings — range extended to southern Thailand

In August 2013, a bat research team of Prince of Songkla Universityin collaboration with the staff of the Hala-Bala Wildlife Research Station have undertook a bat survey in the Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary, Narathiwat Province, Thailand. In the survey, an adult male of K. krauensis was captured by harp trap set in the patch of forest understorey. This is the first record of this species outside of its known location, Krau Wildlife Research, Peninsular Malaysia, and represents a range extension n
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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.


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

Status, conservation concerns, and hopes for the cave-dwelling bats of South Central Mindanao, Philippines

The taxonomy and conservation of cave-dwelling bats in south central Mindanao remains undocumented and unexplored. This project was the first attempt to establish the first record of cave-dwelling bats in the region. A total of five caves were assessed from the village of Pisan, Kabac

Flying fox colonies in Cambodia – hunting pressure a major cause for concern

Flying fox conservation is one of the four SEABCRU priorities, and our first global action is to collate information on the current populations and distributions of flying fox species. Researchers from Cambodia  from the Institut Pastuer du Cambodge and Fauna and Flora International &