Illustrated field keys to the bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) of Taiwan

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Joe Chun-Chia Huang
Ying-Yi Ho
Hao-Chih Kuo


Bats of Taiwan, comprising 38 species in total, are biogeographically unique (11 endemic species and 16 endemic subspecies), taxonomically diverse (six families), and play crucial ecosystem roles as seed dispersers or insect suppressors.  Many of these bat species were, nevertheless, scientifically described from or newly recorded in Taiwan during the last 20 years, rendering limited knowledge hitherto gained regarding their fundamental ecology and population statuses.  To aid ecological research and thus benefit conservation of Taiwan’s bat diversity, we constructed illustrated field keys to all 38 species.

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Huang, J.C.-C., Ho, Y.-Y. and Kuo, H.-C. 2020. Illustrated field keys to the bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) of Taiwan. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 12, 6 (May 2020), 15675–15710. DOI:
Author Biographies

Joe Chun-Chia Huang, Formosan Golden Bat’s Home, No. 1, Suqin Road, Shuilin Township, Yunlin County 65244, Taiwan.

 Joe Chun-Chia Huang is a conservation ecologist and community ecologist primarily based in Asia. His studies focus mostly on conservation of bat diversity in Taiwan and several SE Asian countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Ying-Yi Ho, Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, No. 128, Academia Road, Sec. 2, Nankang District, Taipei 11529, Taiwan.

Ying-Yi Ho is interested in conservation and behavioral ecology of bats, in particular under the effects of anthropogenic activities.

Hao-Chih Kuo, Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, No. 128, Academia Road, Sec. 2, Nankang District, Taipei 11529, Taiwan.

Hao-Chih Kuo has expertise in taxonomy and systematics. He described several new bat species from Taiwan.


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