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M. Brock Fenton

Autor(a) de Bats

11 Works 130 Membros 2 Críticas

About the Author

M. Brock Fenton, Ph.D., is Professor of Biology, York University, Ontario, Canada. He has held professorial positions at Carleton University, York University, Rockefeller University, University of Texas at Austin, & Cornell University, usually in the departments of biology or mammalogy. Considered mostrar mais the foremost authority on bats, he lives in Ontario, Canada. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por M. Brock Fenton

Bats (1992) 49 exemplares
The Bat: Wings in the Night Sky (1998) 18 exemplares
Just Bats (1983) 16 exemplares
Bat bioacoustics (2016) 4 exemplares
A Miscellany of Bats (2023) 3 exemplares
Just bats 1 exemplar
Integrative animal biology (2013) 1 exemplar


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Fenton, Melville Brockett
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I did not realize how numerous and varied bats are until I read this book- over 900 species! Aside from all the basics like flight mechanism, diet, roosting habits, reproduction, conflicts with mankind and so forth, this book details the many differences and curiosities in the bat species. I always thought that most bats eat either insects or fruit, but it turns out that some eat leaves, or nectar, or small mammals, even other bats. There's a species that specializes in catching fish. And they're not all restricted to one type of food item, either- a few have a more varied diet, eating plant material and insects. There's the famous vampire bats too- only three species but how large in the human imagination- that chapter was pretty interesting. A lot of the information about how bats navigate and echolocate was fascinating, too. They use different frequencies to avoid interfering with each other's signals, or their own hearing. Some are actually audible to humans. Many bats make vocal noises too- squeaking at each other. While most are strictly nocturnal, lots of them have very good eyesight and use it. Their faces are so curious- flying foxes are my favorite, they look very endearing and familiar- but many have huge ears or fleshy flaps and extensions on their noses, or odd wrinkles that make them appear very alien. One that's really strange-looking is the ghost-faced bat. I think my favorite section was one of the last chapters in the book, about how different cultures perceive bats, with examples from ancient art and legends. Not all fear bats- Chinese symbols use bats to represent happiness and joy, and have names for them like "embracing wings" or "fairy rat." A lot of this book is focused on providing information to show how intriguing, well-adapted and even vulnerable bats are, dispelling myths people have of them so they can become protected instead of mistreated. It certainly taught me many new things. Don't ever handle a bat- yes the risk of rabies from a bite is real- but they needn't be feared and loathed as much as they are.

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jeane | Oct 24, 2019 |
Very readable book on bats. Written by a person who specialises in the behaviour and ecology of bats, this is an excellent introduction to bats.
MsMixte | Jan 29, 2013 |

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