Bats in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book by Don E. Wilson

By Don E. Wilson

Lengthy the topic of fantasy and superstition, bats were one of the such a lot misunderstood of mammals as a result of their nocturnal conduct, ability for flight, and unusual visual appeal. looking to dispel the myths linked to those extraordinary creatures and arguing for his or her key function in a balanced atmosphere, Bats in query covers all features of bat biology in a pragmatic question-and-answer format.

Describing the place bats reside, how they use echolocation to navigate, or even why they cling the wrong way up, the ebook additionally supplies the conservation prestige of all 925 bat species. Don E. Wilson lines the evolution of bats and indicates their extraordinary variety via describing all of the significant teams when it comes to their diverse physique constructions and habitats. He sheds mild on bats' advanced social structures, awesome version in measurement, and meals personal tastes that surround vegetation, bugs, and mammals. The ebook additionally explores cultural attitudes approximately bats—telling how, till lately, bats have been relegated to the realm of vampires and the way they've got emerged to take their position in public expertise as very important and engaging participants of our ecosystems.

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Californicus and M. mexicanus, are considered as members of the subgenera Mynomes and Microtus s. , respectively, although with some reservations related to unclear interspecific affinities of the two latter species (Musser and Carleton, 1993; Pavlinov, 2003). Molecular data indicate that 30 (a) M. richardsoni and M. chrotorrhinus are not phylogenetically related, (b) M. californicus and M. mexicanus are sister taxa and (c) “californicus/ mexicanus” clade is phylogenetically related (although not particularly close) to M.

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