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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 6, NO. 4 Winter 1988


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NATURAL HISTORY OF VAMPIRE BATS
Arthur M. Greenhall and Uwe Schmidt, Editors
CRC Press, Inc., 1988 246 pages

Natural History of Vampire Bats provides by far the most detailed account of vampire biology yet compiled. Twenty-three leading authorities cover a wide range of topics from systematics, distribution, paleontology, anatomy and reproduction to behavior, ecology, economic damage, control, care in captivity and even legends. An introductory chapter places vampires in perspective, emphasizing that most of Latin America's 250 species of bats are highly beneficial and the importance of species-specific control measures. Although highly technical, the book is easily readable and of interest to some laymen. It provides a wealth of information that should prove invaluable to all who work with vampires, though its advertised price of $145 ($170 outside the U.S.) may preclude use where it is most needed.

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
BCI Helps Samoans Gain National Park
Photographing the World's Bats: Adventure, Tribulation and Rewards
Behind the Scenes
Rain Forest Exhibits Offer Visitors a Taste of the Tropics
Kids Go Bats Over Bats
Long-nosed Bats Added to U.S. Endangered List
BCI Offers First Bat Study Workshop
Expedition Opens Door for Bat Studies in China
Bats in Chinese Art
LETTERS
BCI Welcomes New Trustees
BCI Members Make a Big Difference
REVIEW
"Original" Bat Houses Now Made by BCI
Happy Holidays from the BCI Staff

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