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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 species characterized by bright orange and black coloration in Asia and Africa. The subgenus is distinguished from its darker-colored conspecifics by its unique coloration and some crainiodential characters. However, the
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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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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 &

A survey of bats in a karst landscape in the central Philippines, Sedlock et al.

In this paper, Jodi Sedlock and her colleagues contribute to our growing understanding of the status of SE Asian cave bats with a survey of bats in caves and forest on the karst-covered island of Bohol in the central Philippines.  Overall, species richness in the surveyed caves was re

Lessons from Siquijor Island for the future of Philippine cave bats

In 2010, two undergraduates from Lawrence University and my colleague, Rai Gomez from Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, and I in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) surveyed bat populations in caves on Siquijor Island.  Being a

Click and Count — photographic estimates of bat populations at caves

Of the various methods used to estimate bat colony size, photography is currently one of the least explored. The potential advantages of using photography, however, are numerous, particularly for colonies with high numbers of individuals. This paper describes how the authors used phot

A Research Project on the House Bat Inspired Fun Activities for School Children at Tasik Chini, Pahang, Malaysia.

It all began with a research project on the ecology of the Asiatic Yellow House Bat roosting in the school attics around Tasik Chini, Pahang. It gave me an idea to share the knowledge and information about bats with the school kids here. There are a lot of misconceptions about bats su

Island bat diets: does it matter more who you are or where you live?

Molecular diet analysis has disclosed how incredibly species-rich insectivorous bat diets can be.  In this study, Jodi Sedlock, Frauke Krüger and Beth Clare found molecular evidence of 655 different arthropod species in the diets of just four bat species from the Philippines. A compar

Guidelines for Minimizing the Negative Impact to Bats and Other Cave Organisms from Guano Harvesting

With the goal of achieving sustainable guano mining techniques, the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Bat Group, with assistance from Bat Conservation International and SEABCRU, has developed a set of guano harvesting guidelines designed to minimize harmful impacts on cave bat po