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Introduction 6 What is a bat?Evolution Diversity * Mega and microBiology Anatomy * Senses * Flight * EcholocationBehavior Foraging, hunting, and diet * Social structure * Reproduction * Migration * HibernationEcology Habitat * Distribution * Economic importance * Conservation * Endangered and recently extinct speciesSpecies Accounts 36-390 Suborder Megachiroptera (Order Chiroptera) Pteropodidae Suborder Microchiroptera (Microbats) Superfamily Emballonuroidea * Emballonuridae (sac-winged or sheath-tailed bats) * Superfamily Molossoidea * Molossidae (free-tailed bats) * Superfamily Nataloidea * Furipteridae (smoky bats) * Myzopodidae (sucker-footed bats) * Natalidae (funnel-eared bats) * Thyropteridae (disk-winged bats) * Superfamily Noctilionoidea * Mormoopidae (ghost-faced or moustached bats) * Mystacinidae (New Zealand short-tailed bats) * Noctilionidae (bulldog bats or fisherman bats) Phyllostomidae (leaf-nosed bats) * Superfamily Rhinolophoidea * Megadermatidae (false vampires) * Nycteridae (hollow-faced or slit-faced bats) * Rhinolophidae (horseshoe bats) * Hipposideridae (Old World leaf-nosed bats) * Superfamily Rhinopomatoidea * Craseonycteridae (Bumblebee bat) * Rhinopomatidae (mouse-tailed bats) * Superfamily Vespertilionoidea * Vespertilionidae (vesper bats or evening bats) * Antrozoidae (Pallid bat and Van Gelder's bat)Resources 392 Index 394 Acknowledgments 400

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Marianne Taylor (California, USA) is a freelance writer, illustrator, photographer and editor. She worked for seven years in natural history publishing, and her particular interest in owls was sparked by a period in 2005 working with bird ringers studying Ural, Tengmalm's and Eagle Owls in the forests of Sweden. She has written on a range of natural history subjects and her er previous books include the RSPB British Birds of Prey.

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