Adding new pieces to the Sumatran bat puzzle: more species documented on the island

Despite its great mammalian fauna, the bat diversity of Sumatra remains one of the least known of the large Indonesian islands. Between 2010-2012, a research team of faculty, staff, and students from Texas Tech University, Universiti Lampung, Wildlife Conservation Society-Indonesian Program, and Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, studied bat diversity in Bukit Barisan Selatan landscape, southwestern Sumatra. The result is profound. Sixty bat species, including seven new island records, were documente
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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.


Quantifying the bushmeat trade in North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi province, Indonesia, is a center for the bushmeat trade, especially of flying foxes of the species Pteropus alecto and Acerodon jubatus. This level of intense consumption is unsustainable in the long-term and will lead to increasing hunting pressure in other provinces,

Bat guano enhances plant growth

Bat guano has long been used as a natural fertilizer for crops in certain areas of Cambodia and Vietnam. As its efficacy as a fertilizer is unknown, Sothearen, Furey and Jurgens conducted the first formal testing of bat guano as an agent of enhanced crop growth. Guano was found to inc

Dr Tigga Kingston announced as new BSG Co-Chair

I am honored to announce that I have been appointed as the new Co-Chair of the IUCN’s Bat Specialist Group. I am taking over from Professor Paul Racey, who served the group for nearly 30 years! My responsibility is for the Old World bats and I will be serving alongside Professor

SEABCRU Bat Research Workshop – Vietnam December 2014

December brought the SEABCRU to southern Vietnam for the last of our “Network Gap” Workshops. Northern Vietnam has been a center for bat research for the past 10 years, but little is known of the ecology of bats in the south of the country where there are no bat research e

Do fruit bats orientate using sounds produced by their wings?

In 1988, Ed Gould reported wing clapping (also described as the sound of rain drops falling) by Eonycteris spelaea roosting in total darkness in Batu caves near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which ceased when the cave was illuminated. Bats living in a lighter part of the cave produced no so

Fangtastic — a new Hypsugo from Lao PDR and Vietnam

A long awaited description has finally been done  by T. Görföl and his colleagues  – a new species of Hypsugo was already mentioned as Hypsugo sp.A in their SE Asian bat barcoding study by Francis et al. in 2010. The species can be readily distinguished from all other SE Asian congene

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