Field Guide to the Bats of the Amazon

  • Species identification guide to the 160 species of bat described in the Amazon region
  • Morphological identification key with stunning photographs
  • Acoustic key for Amazonian bats illustrated with the echolocation spectrogram of most species

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  • The culmination of an almost unimaginable amount of challenging fieldwork. The first publication of its kind, it is beautifully illustrated, comprehensive and extraordinarily easy to use.
    —Merlin D. Tuttle
  • Amazon
  • bats
  • Brazil
  • chiroptera
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Do you think identifying bats in Europe or in North America is difficult? Well, try it in the Amazon. The planet’s green lung is home to the most diverse bat communities on the planet with more than 160 species currently described. Local species richness often surpasses 100 and for many, their identification in the field is, to say the least, challenging. This task will now become easier with the publication of the Field Guide to the Bats of the Amazon: a landmark handbook aimed at facilitating species identification in the field.

The book, written and designed by an international bat research team mainly based in the University of Lisbon in collaboration with the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), is a guide for anyone conducting field work on bats in the Amazon or interested in bat biodiversity. It is largely based on previous published keys with modifications derived from both personal observations and years of field experience in the Brazilian Amazon at the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP), as well as a thorough revision of available bat keys and species descriptions.

The field guide also features the first acoustic key for Amazonian bats, illustrated with the echolocation spectrogram of most species. This represents a major step towards alleviating the daunting task of identifying the numerous species of aerial insectivorous bats that occur in the Amazon based on their echolocation calls. It further constitutes an important tool to improving the knowledge and optimizing surveys of aerial insectivorous Neotropical bats, a group which remains largely understudied.

The field guide provides an essential tool, not only for researchers, but also for bat conservationists, consultancies and anyone interested in Neotropical bats in general, and Amazonian bats in particular.


This book is written for a wide range of bat workers, ecologists and researchers, as well as travelling naturalists interested in the wildlife of the Amazon Rainforest.

Table of Contents

Bats in the Amazon
How to use this guide
Morphological key
- Phyllostomidae
- Thyropteridae
- Furipteridae
- Noctilionidae
- Mormoopidae
- Emballonuridae
- Vespertilionidae
- Molossidae
- Natalidae
Echolocation keys
Appendix I. Species rostra


  • ...not only a profound and detailed identification key covering a significant proportion of the world’s bat species – the many fascinating photographs and drawings of bats and their body parts give a deep insight in the way how evolution can vary basic morphological traits. —Dr Christian Dietz,
  • Identifying bats accurately is a hard task even for well-trained bat biologists, but identifying Amazon bats—the world’s largest assemblage of these elusive mammals—is a much more difficult task. The Field Guide to the Amazon Bats is a much-needed and timely book that reflects the deep expertise of the authors, and their commitment with bat research and conservation. The organization of the morphological and echolocation keys and the amazing illustrations make the guide easy to use. This book is the result of a truly masterful effort, and is among the best field guides I have ever read. It will be of great interest to ecologists, zoologists, eco-epidemiologists and conservation biologists. —Ricardo Moratelli, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro

Bibliographic Information

  • 176 pages
  • 558 colour photographs, 128 b/w illustrations
  • BISAC SCI070030, NAT019000, NAT014000, TRV024020, TRV024050