Resonance

, Volume 12, Issue 11, pp 63–76 | Cite as

Wings of the night: The natural history of bats

General Article

Abstract

For most of us, bats are one of the most enigmatic creatures that normally evoke a sense of mystery, fear and even revulsion. The main reasons for this pitiable attitude towards these animals are rampant myths and misconceptions about them that prevail in our society. The following article is an attempt to present these animals in scientific light and to dispel any misconception about these misunderstood creatures.

Keywords

Bats natural history threats conservation 

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.High Altitude Zoology Field StationZoological Survey of India SolanHimachal PradeshIndia

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