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 of seeds to abandoned pastures is well described. Much less is known from the Old World tropics, but a new paper from Tuanjit Sritongchuay and colleagues finds that fruit bats, primarily Cynopterus sphinx and Megaero
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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.


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 &

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