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Volume 9 completes the Handbook of Mammals of the World series, and it deals with the bats, order Chiroptera.

Our knowledge of bats has exploded in the past two decades, and all of that information is reflected in this volume. The number of recognized species has increased by more than 400 during that time and is still growing. Bats occupy almost every habitat on six continents and their ecology is incredibly diverse. Pollinators and seed dispersers for thousands of species of plants, bats are critical for the maintenance of tropical ecosystems.

As always, the text includes up-to-date information on every species, and each one is carefully illustrated. The family accounts include color photographs documenting a variety of behaviors of these interesting mammals.



Family Pteropodidae (Old World Fruit Bats) / Norberto Giannini, Connor Burgin, Victor van Cackenberge, Susan Tsang, Stephan Hintsche, Tyrone Lavery, Frank Bonaccorso, Francisca Almeida & Brian O’Toole
Family Rhinopomatidae (Mouse-tailed Bats) / Ivan Horá?ek
Family Craseonycteridae (Hog-nosed Bat) / Tigga Kingston & Pipat Soisook
Family Megadermatidae (False-vampire Bats) / Charles M. Francis
Family Rhinonycteridae (Trident Bats) / Petr Benda
Family Hipposideridae (Old World Leaf-nosed Bats) / Ara Monadjem, Pipat Soisook, Vu Dinh Thong & Tigga Kingston
Family Rhinolophidae (Horseshoe Bats) / Gábor Csorba, Anthony Hutson, Steve Rossiter & Connor Burgin
Family Emballonuridae (Sheath-tailed Bats) / Frank Bonaccorso
Family Nycteridae (Slit-faced Bats) / Ara Monadjem
Family Myzopodidae (Madagascar Sucker-footed Bats) / Steve Goodman
Family Mystacinidae (New Zealand Short-tailed Bats) / Cory Toth
Family Noctilionidae (Bulldog Bats) / Rodrigo Medellín
Family Furipteridae (Smoky Bat and Thumbless Bat) / Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales
Family Thyropteridae (Disk-winged Bats) / Thomas Lee, Jr.
Family Mormoopidae (Ghost-faced Bats, Naked-backed Bats and Mustached Bats) / Ana D’Oliveira Pavan
Family Phyllostomidae (New World Leaf-nosed Bats) / Sergio Solari, Rodrigo Medellín, Bernal Rodríguez-Herrera, Valeria da Cunha Tavares, Guilherme Garbino, M. Alejandra Camacho, Diego Tirira Saá, Burton Lim, Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Armando Rodríguez-Durán, Elizabeth Dumont, Santiago Burneo, Luis F.  Aguirre Urioste, Marco Tschapka & Deborah Espinosa
Family Natalidae (Funnel-eared Bats) / Adrián Tejedor
Family Molossidae (Free-tailed Bats) / Peter Taylor, Burton Lim, Michael Pennay, Pipat Soisook, Tigga Kingston, Livia Loureiro & Ligiane Moras
Family Miniopteridae (Long-fingered Bats) / Javier Juste & Carlos Ibáñez
Family Cistugidae (Wing-gland Bats) / Manuel Ruedi
Family Vespertilionidae (Vesper Bats) / Ricardo Moratelli, Connor Burgin, Vinícius Cláudio, Roberto Novaes, Adrià López-Baucells & Rudolf Haslauert