Bats of Texas
7 x 10, 328 pp.
46 color photos. 1 b&w photo. 28 maps. 99 illus. 8 tables. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 04/25/2012
W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series
  flexbound (with flaps)
Price:        $35.00

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Bats of Texas

Loren K. Ammerman, Christine L. Hice, and David J. Schmidly
Illustrations by Carson Brown
Photographs by J. Scott Altenbach

With all new illustrations, color photographs, revised species accounts, updated maps, and a sturdy flexible binding, this new edition of the authoritative guide to bats in Texas will serve as the field guide and all-around reference of choice for amateur naturalists as well as mammalogists, wildlife biologists, and professional conservationists.
Texas is home to all four families of bats that occur in the United States, including thirty-three species of these important yet increasingly threatened mammals. Although five species, each represented by a single specimen, may be regarded as vagrants, no other state has a bat fauna more diverse, from the state’s most common species, the Brazilian free-tailed bat, to the rare hairy-legged vampire.
The introductory chapter of this new edition of Bats of Texas surveys bats in general—their appearance, distribution, classification, evolution, biology, and life history—and discusses public health and bat conservation. An updated account for each species follows, with pictures by an outstanding nature photographer, distribution maps, and a thorough bibliography. Bats of Texas also features revised and illustrated dichotomous keys accompanied by gracefully detailed line drawings to aid in identification. A list of specimens examined is located at


LOREN K. AMMERMAN is an associate professor of biology at Angelo State University. Her PhD in biology is from the University of Texas at Austin.
CHRISTINE L. HICE is a research assistant professor of biology at the University of New Mexico. She holds a PhD in zoology from Texas Tech University.
DAVID J. SCHMIDLY is a prominent Texas mammalogist and author of the first edition of Bats of Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 1991). He currently serves as president of the University of New Mexico and was formerly president of Texas Tech University and Oklahoma State University.


What Readers Are Saying:

"...this new edition of the authoritative guide to bats in Texas will serve as the field guide and all-around reference of choice for amateur naturalists as well as mammalogists, wildlife biologists, and professional conservationists."--Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen, Birdbooker Report

“[This book is] an informative, updated book [where the] discussion actually ranges over most of the species found in this country and offers considerable insight into the natural history. This interesting, well-written book is beautifully illustrated, with a variety of full-color photographs. [It is] readily accessible to general readers [and] jargon is kept to a minimum. [The book is] a valuable reference source for anyone wanting to learn more about this intriguing, unique group of animals.”—D. A. Brass, Choice

"Another outstanding edition of the Texas A&M Nature Guides, it covers the latest studies, startling facts, details about bats' lives, classification keys and the latest nomenclature."--Bill Broyles, Southwest Books of the Year

“Co-authors Loren Ammerman and Christine Hice team up with David Schmidly to produce the new edition of Bats of Texas. They build on the solid foundation of the first edition, originally published by Schmidly in 1991, and incorporate a vast amount of information that has come to light in the intervening 21 years. With its sturdy, flexible binding and identification keys, this book is perfect for taking into the field and its detailed species accounts, richly illustrated with 46 color photographs and 28 range maps, make it a useful desk reference for amateurs and professional biologists alike. They discuss any taxonomic or systematic changes or debated in the ‘Remarks’ subsection. To me, the most valuable aspect of the new edition is the expanded information on life history accompanying each species account. These sketches make the bats come alive and underscore how much has been learned about North American bats in the last 20 years. Bats of Texas is much more than a simple guide book. It is incredibly thorough, well researched, and scientific in tone, which may make it out of reach for young naturalists. However, because more than two-thirds of the species in the United States occur in the state, the book should have wide readership well beyond Texas.”—Cullen K. Geiselman, Bat Research News

"The Bats of Texas...1991...was an excellent nature guide. Bats of Texas, published this year by the same press, is much better...[with] excellent drawings...There is also a website accompanying the book..."--Dick Heaberlin, Texas Books in Review


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