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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 18, NO. 1 Spring 2000

Bat Field Guide for Latin America

After reading the article “Vacation Bat Watching in the Tropics” in the last issue of BATS, several members asked us to recommend a field guide for Latin America. Although there is no single book, or even combination of books, that covers all of Mexico through South America, many of the bat species you will encounter in these areas are included in Fiona Reid’s 1997 Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico. Longtime BCI members may recall that Reid’s bat artwork has graced several of our catalog products and that she led a BCI natural history tour in southeastern Arizona last year.

It is no surprise, then, that Reid’s neotropical field guide, which she both wrote and illustrated, is noted for its especially strong section on bats. Although it encompasses all native mammals from Mexico to Panama, including aquatic species, the book devotes over 100 pages to bats, covering more than 130 species. In addition to summaries of each family represented, Reid provides physical descriptions, range maps, and beautiful color illustrations--painstakingly hand painted from live subjects in the field--for most species. Both professional biologists and amateur naturalists will appreciate her clear, succinct format, which allows readers to quickly scan vital information such as measurements, distribution, status, habitat, and behaviors. Also useful are an index for scientific as well as common names and an informative introduction on the study of mammals.

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico (456 pages) can be purchased directly from Oxford University Press at 1-800-451-7556 or www.oup-usa.org. Paperback (ISBN 0195064011) is $29.95 and hardback (0195064003) is $60.

Salvin's big-eyed bat (Chiroderma salvini) is one of 118 bat illustrations included in this comprehensive guide.

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
A Colorful Future
Bat Conservation Comes of Age in South Africa
Where the Bats Are - Part III Caves, Cliffs, and Rock Crevices
Origami and the Art of Bat Appreciation
Members in Action: John and Jane Newman
Members' Night Sigh-Up Begins May 1
Distinguishing the Real BCI
Photo Op!
Bat Field Guide for Latin America
Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats at these locations
Wish List
Global Grassroots Conservation

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