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A New Subspecies of the Black Myotis (Bat) from Eastern Mexico   By: (1902-1986)

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In his meticulous and groundbreaking research, E. Raymond Hall presents a captivating account of his discovery of a new subspecies of the Black Myotis bat from Eastern Mexico. Hall's book offers a comprehensive exploration of the bat's anatomy, behavior, and habitat, shedding light on previously unknown characteristics of this remarkable species.

One of the book's notable strengths is Hall's ability to combine scientific rigor with accessible language, making it accessible to both the scholarly community and general readers with an interest in zoology. Hall's passion for his subject matter is evident throughout the book, manifesting in his meticulous documentation and analysis of the bat's physical features, dietary patterns, and roosting behavior.

One of the book's most significant contributions is the careful taxonomic classification of the new subspecies. Hall navigates the complex world of species delineation, providing a clear and systematic approach that will undoubtedly prove invaluable to future researchers in the field. Furthermore, the author's inclusion of detailed illustrations and photographs enhances the reader's understanding and appreciation of the bat's distinct characteristics.

Hall also delves into the ecological significance of the Black Myotis subspecies, highlighting its role within the ecosystem and emphasizing the importance of conserving this newfound creature. He discusses the potential threats to the species, including habitat loss and human persecution. By doing so, Hall raises awareness of the need for conservation efforts and serves as a champion for the protection of biodiversity.

While the book primarily focuses on the scientific aspects of the Black Myotis, Hall skillfully incorporates anecdotes and personal experiences that add a human touch to his scientific exploration. These narrative interludes provide a refreshing contrast to the more technical content, allowing readers to connect with the author and empathize with his passion for the subject.

However, the book is not without its limitations. Hall's writing style, though accessible, occasionally veers towards dry and technical explanations, which may deter some readers unfamiliar with scientific jargon. Additionally, at times, the book may feel heavily weighted towards taxonomic details, potentially overwhelming readers seeking a more generalized understanding of bats' natural history.

Nevertheless, Hall's comprehensive research, meticulous observations, and dedication shine through the pages of this captivating book. By illuminating the unique qualities of the Black Myotis bat and advocating for its conservation, Hall makes an invaluable contribution to the field of zoology. His work not only expands our knowledge of a previously unknown subspecies but also serves as a reminder of the wonders and fragility of the natural world.

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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS PUBLICATIONS

MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Volume 14, No. 4, pp. 69 72, 1 fig. December 29, 1961

A New Subspecies of the Black Myotis (Bat) From Eastern Mexico

BY

E. RAYMOND HALL AND TICUL ALVAREZ

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS LAWRENCE 1961

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS PUBLICATIONS, MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Editors: E. Raymond Hall, Chairman, Henry S. Fitch, Theodore H. Eaton, Jr.

Volume 14, No. 4, pp. 69 72, 1 fig. Published December 29, 1961

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Lawrence, Kansas

PRINTED BY JEAN M. NEIBARGER, STATE PRINTER TOPEKA, KANSAS 1961 [Device] 28 8477

A New Subspecies of the Black Myotis (Bat) From Eastern Mexico

BY

E. RAYMOND HALL AND TICUL ALVAREZ

In 1928 when Miller and Allen (Bull. U. S. Nat. Mus., 144) published their revisionary account of American bats of the genus Myotis , the black myotis, Myotis nigricans , was known no farther north than Chiapas and Campeche... Continue reading book >>




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