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2009-08-27 14:34:31

The Wildlife Trust says the world's largest species of fruit bat, Pteropus vampyrus, could become extinct in Peninsular Malaysia at the current hunting rate. Jonathan Epstein, associate vice president of the U.S.-headquartered organization, said approximately 22,000 fruit bats, also called flying foxes, are legally hunted annually in Peninsular Malaysia, also known as West Malaysia, in addition to those illegally hunted. That, he said, is a level of hunting that's unsustainable based on...

2009-08-25 14:38:01

Love songs aren't only for soft rock FM stations "“ they're also used by romantic bats, and researchers at Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin are believed to be the first to decode the mysterious love sounds made by the winged creatures. Their work is published in the current issue of PloS One (Public Library of Science).Researchers Kirsten Bohn and Mike Smotherman in the Department of Biology at Texas A&M, George Pollak at the University of Texas at...

2009-08-25 08:53:20

U.S. scientists say they have decoded love sounds emitted by romantic bats after spending three years listening to thousands of bat recordings. Researchers at Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin focused on sounds emitted by Brazilian free-tailed (also known as Mexican free-tailed) bats. The scientists determined male bats have very distinguishable syllables and phrases that they use as love songs to attract females and, in some cases, to warn other males to stay...

2009-08-21 09:54:12

Exciting research into Brown adipose tissue (BAT) "” brown fat, which is found in abundance in hibernating animals and newborn babies "” could lead to new ways of preventing obesity.Studies have already shown that BAT activity in adults is reduced with obesity. Therefore, promoting BAT function could prevent or reduce obesity in some people. New research, led by Michael Symonds, Professor of Developmental Physiology in the School of Clincal Sciences at The University of...

2009-08-18 09:11:09

As many as 100 bats died and 200,000 were left homeless when a structure built to lure them away from University of Florida buildings collapsed, officials say. The fall of the 18-year-old plywood structure Sunday came as students are preparing to return to campus for the new school year, university officials told The Palm Beach Post. We're just telling people to be vigilant but that there is no cause for panic or mass hysteria, Ken Glover, an expert in urban pest management and coordinator of...

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2009-08-01 07:37:26

Researchers reported on Friday that thousands of bats found in a cave in Uganda are infected with Marburg virus, which is a cousin of the Ebola virus. A study by Pierre Rollin and colleagues at the Special Pathogens Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that the virus is in 5 percent of the bats tested in the cave, where miners were infected with Marburg in 2005.  According to the researchers, this strengthens the theory that mammals are natural...

2009-07-28 08:43:42

The eyes of nocturnal bats possess two spectral cone photoreceptor types for daylight and colour vision. Reporting in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt and the University of Oldenburg have detected cones and their visual pigments in two flower-visiting species of bat. With electroretinographic recordings, they found an increased sensitivity to UV light in cone-stimulating light conditions. The researchers...

2009-07-22 11:50:34

Six rabid raccoons have been identified in New York City this year, the city health department said. Four of the raccoons were found in the Bronx, one in Manhattan near Inwood Hill Park, and one in Queens in Long Island City. Raccoons are the most commonly reported rabid animals in New York City, but city health officials warn that skunks, bats, stray dogs and cats and other wild animals can also carry rabies. Rabid raccoons are a relatively common occurrence in Staten Island and the Bronx,...

2009-07-17 07:00:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Rabies is a virus that occurs in mammals and infects the central nervous system; the disease can cause death in humans if it is not treated. Nearly 90 percent of cases occur in wild animals (raccoons, bats, foxes etc.); less than 10% of cases occur in domestic animals like dogs or cats. Humans usually become infected when they are bitten by an infected animal. Early symptoms of rabies are fever, headache and general malaise. Since these are...

2009-07-08 09:52:17

U.S. researchers say they used real bats as the inspiration for a new type of military surveillance drone equipped with wings that flap. The micro-aerial vehicle, developed at North Carolina State University, is used to monitor activities on the ground and detect biological weapons. It was designed with a lightweight skeleton and mechanical muscle system similar to a bat's and can be used to monitor movements on the ground or detect the presence of biological weapons. We have used a...


Latest Bat Reference Libraries

Greater mouse-eared bat, Myotis myotis
2013-10-11 08:16:26

The greater mouse-eared bat is primarily found throughout Europe. It weighs about 1.6 ounces, has a wingspan of 14-18 inches and its body is 3-3.5 inches long. The Greater mouse-eared bat has a medium brown upper-body and a greyish belly. This species of bat does not use echolocation for hunting but rather catches its prey from the ground and water surfaces, a process known as gleaning. It finds its prey by listening for the noises that these animals usually make. Its menu consists of...

Brandt’s Bat, Myitus brandtii
2013-10-11 08:07:41

The Brandt’s bat has a large population in northwest of England but is endangered in Austria. The Brandt’s Bat has shaggy brown fur with a pale grey belly. This bat is not a large bat and weighs less than half an ounce and measures up to two inches long. Its wingspan is more than triple its body length at 7.5 to 9.5 inches. Brandt’s bat eats only insects (insectivorous) and is not blind. However, echolocation is used for “night-vision,” so that while hunting at night it does...

Lesser mouse-eared bat, Myotis blythii
2013-09-27 10:50:24

Populations have been found in southern Europe, southern central Europe and southwestern Asia. The lesser mouse-eared bat is a very social species therefore they travel and remain in groups rather than individually. These groups can be as large as 500 bats and could be mixed with the greater mouse-eared bat. Their feeding habitats are scrub areas, grasslands, farmland, and some gardens. It eats grass crickets and cockchafers. These insects are hunted by the lesser mouse-eared bat while...

Azores noctule, Nyctalus azoreum
2013-09-18 15:49:27

This species is a red listed endangered species. The Azores noctule bat lives in the dry forests of the Portugal islands known as the Azores. The endangerment of this species is directly connected to the loss of their habitat caused my human growth. The three primary habitats are haollow trees, caves, and buildings. The Azores noctule bat is a subspecies to the lesser noctule and the genetic differences are very minimal. The Azores bat is smaller in weight as well as length. The Azores also...

Greater noctule bat, Nyctalus lasiopterus
2013-09-18 15:41:29

The greater noctule bat is found in Europe, West Asia, and North Africa. This species of bat is a tree-dweller and roosts in high, hollow, deciduous trees year round. However, the greater noctule bat will roost in pine trees if there is a shortage of hollow trees. This bat chooses a roosting spot by characteristics of a tree more than type of tree; such as, decaying and high off the ground. Females will be found primarily in warmer climates that are ideal for fetal growth and milk production....

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