A frequent traveller browsing the tourist shops and markets of Southeast Asia and East Asia will invariably be introduced to many bats, although very dead and mounted. How are such bats collected in the wild and in what numbers? What is the volume of internet trade involving such souvenirs? The harvest of bats for the mounted souvenir trade involves no less than 10 species and the most iconic species used in the souvenir market is the woolly painted bat (Kerivoula picta) – a small bat prized for
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.
This was the title Julie and I did not use in the outreach promoting her paper looking at bite force in 35 species of Malaysian bats (we talked about dogs instead). If you said Hipposideros diadema, you really need to read the paper, and if you said the Kerivoula you probably intuiti
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 reno
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
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
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.
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
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
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1051363. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).