Biology of Bats - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127580012, 9780323151191

Biology of Bats

1st Edition

Editors: William Wimsatt
eBook ISBN: 9780323151191
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1970
Page Count: 418
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Biology of Bats, Volume I, examines most of the basic characteristics related to the anatomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology of the bat. It covers the animal's evolution, as well as karyology, bioeconomics, zoogeography, principles of classification, and procedures and issues involved in the care and management of bats as research subjects in the laboratory. Organized into 10 chapters, this volume begins with a historical overview of bat origins and evolution, karyotypic trends in bats, and the role of karyotypes in studying the biology of bats. It then discusses the bat skeletal and muscular systems; flight patterns and aerodynamics; prenatal and postnatal development; migration and homing; ecology and physiological ecology of bat hibernation; thermoregulation and metabolism; and the urinary system, including gross anatomy and embryology, histophysiology, and renal physiology. It also looks at morphological contrasts between the skulls and dentitions of different families and genera of bats. This book will benefit biologists, zoologists, teachers, and others concerned with the general biology of Chiroptera.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors Preface

  1. Bat Origins and Evolution I. First Bats and Men II. What Are Bats? III. Bats through Time IV. Taxa of Bats V. Fossil Bats VI. Designs of Wings VII. Caverns and Crevices VIII. Bats and Birds IX. Bat Hand-Wings or Wing-Hands X. Gliders Don't Fly and Vice Versa XI. The Forefinger, Index of Function XII. Neck Bones XIII. Stages to Flight XIV. Icaronycteris index XV. "First" Bat at Present References 2 Karyotypic Trends in Bats I. Introduction II. Karyotypic Trends III. The Primitive Karyotype of Bats IV. Role of Karyotypes in Studying the Biology of Bats V. Specimens Examined References 3 The Skeletal System I. Introduction II. The Skull III. Axial Skeleton IV. Pectoral Girdle and Limb V. Pelvic Girdle and Limb VI. Skeletal Variation in Bats References 4 The Muscular System I. Introduction II. Muscles Unique to Bats III. Muscles of the Pectoral Girdle and Limb IV. Muscles Attaching to the Pelvic Girdle and Limb V. Chiropteran Muscle Specializations for Flight References 5 Flight Patterns and Aerodynamics I. Introduction II. Aerodynamic Considerations III. The Wing-beat Cycle IV. Styles of Flight References 6 Development: Prenatal and Postnatal I. Introduction II. Prenatal Development III. Postnatal Development References 7 Migrations and Homing of Bats I. Observational Evidence of Migration II. Tracing Migrations by Recoveries of Banded Bats III. The Homing Ability of Bats IV. The Sensory Basis of Orientation References 8 Hibernation: Ecology and Physiological Ecology I. Introduction II. Temperature III. Water IV. Fat References 9 Thermoregulation and Metabolism in Bats I. Introduction II. Generaliz


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