Parasitology Research Monographs

Bats (Chiroptera) as Vectors of Diseases and Parasites

Facts and Myths

Editors: Klimpel, Sven, Mehlhorn, Heinz (Eds.)

  • Covers the morphology and biology of bats and the potential vectorship of agents of diseases and parasites
  • Special attention is given at the numerous myths that had been told or are still told on these unique organisms
  • Presents some of the most interesting and most important findings in bat research
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About this book

This book gathers contributions by 16 international authors on the phenomenon “bats,” shedding some light on their morphology, the feeding behaviors (insects, fruits, blood) of different groups, their potential and confirmed transmissions of agents of diseases, their endo- and ectoparasites, as well as countless myths surrounding their lifestyle (e.g. vampirism, chupacabras, batman etc.).

Bats have been known in different cultures for several thousand centuries, however their nocturnal activities have made them mysterious and led to many legends and myths, while proven facts remained scarce. Even today, our knowledge of bats remains limited compared to other groups in the animal kingdom. Also, their famous ability to avoid collisions with obstacles during their nightly flights with the help of a sophisticated and unique system using ultrasound waves (which are transmitted and received) is as poorly studied as birds finding their way from continent to continent. In recent times, where globalization transports millions of people and goods from one end of the earth to the other, there are increased risks posed by agents of diseases, as a result of which bats have received increasing attention as potential vectors. These suppositions are based on their proven transmission of viruses such as rabies.

In dedicated chapters, the book addresses the following topics:

• The world of bats

• The astonishing morphology of bats

• Bats as potential reservoir hosts for vector-borne diseases

• Bat endoparasites

• Macroparasites – ectoparasites

• Glimpses into how bats fly

• Blood-licking bats

• Vampirism in medicine and culture

• Chupacabras and “goat milkers”

• Myths on candiru

As such, this book provides a broad range of information for all non-experts interested in biological topics, but also for people working in this field, as well as physicians and veterinarians who are confronted with clinical cases, and for teachers and students interested in expanding their knowledge of biology and of past and present cultures.

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From the reviews:

“From bat biology to parasites of bats to vampirism, this book covers a wide range of topics. The purpose is to share knowledge about different features of bats, including morphology, potential vectorship of infectious diseases, and parasites of bats. The intended audience includes those involved in bat research and public health.” (Adam W. Stern, Doody’s Book Reviews, February, 2014)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: The World of Bats

    Mehlhorn, Heinz

    Pages 1-5

  • Bats: A Glimpse on Their Astonishing Morphology and Lifestyle

    Walldorf, Volker (et al.)

    Pages 7-24

  • Bats as Potential Reservoir Hosts for Vector-Borne Diseases

    Melaun, Christian (et al.)

    Pages 25-61

  • Bat Endoparasites: A UK Perspective

    Lord, Jennifer S. (et al.)

    Pages 63-86

  • Macroparasites of Microchiroptera: Bat Ectoparasites of Central and South America

    Frank, Raphael (et al.)

    Pages 87-130

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eBook $149.00
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Hardcover $189.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $189.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-662-52351-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bats (Chiroptera) as Vectors of Diseases and Parasites
Book Subtitle
Facts and Myths
Editors
  • Sven Klimpel
  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Series Title
Parasitology Research Monographs
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-39333-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-39333-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-39332-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-52351-3
Series ISSN
2192-3671
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 187
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 33 illustrations in colour
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