Scientists find a new genus of false vampire from Thailand

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 member of a small family Megadermatidae. It is named to reflect its disc-liked noseleaf and to honor Ms Siriporn Thongaree, the retired, former head of the Halabala Wildlife Research Station where the bat was found. The
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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.


3rd International Southeast Asian Bat Conference website and abstract call

The website for the conference is up and can be found here Abstracts are due 30th April, so get busy everyone!!

Complex geographic variation in calls, morphology and genetic relationships in the Intermediate Horseshoe Bat

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.

More species of woolly bats whisper in Southeast Asia’s rainforests

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

Scholarships & Grassroots Grants for Bat-Centric Projects Focused on Critical Conservation Needs Bat Conservation International

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

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 P

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