‘eighty years of promoting biodiversity conservation through taxonomic research, scientific training and international networks’

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chutamas Satasook (centre) with Assistant Prof. Dr. Medhi Sanbhanich (left) and Dr. Sara Bumrungsri (right) at the launch of the First International Southeast Asian Bat Conference in May, 2007.

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Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in conversation with Dr Paul Bates about the Darwin Initiative bat research project.

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One of the study species, the horseshoe bat Rhinolophus stheno.

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Pipat Soisook, Darwin student and now curator of mammals at the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Museum of the Prince of Songkla University.

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Bounsavane Dounangboubpha of the National University of Laos listening to bat echolocation calls.

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Vu Dinh Thong of the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Hanoi and Dr Christian Dietz discussing bat taxonomy.

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Staff and students of Prince of Songkla University and the Royal University of Phnom Penh discussing techniques for collecting bats and recording their echolocation.

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Paul Bates with Dr Sara Bumrungsri discussing a Darwin student project.

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One of six TV documentaries made of the project’s work in Thailand and Vietnam.

Taxonomic initiative for Southeast Asian bat studies (Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam)


Host country: Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam


Project objective: To increase capacity in bat taxonomy in mainland Southeast Asia in order to promote and facilitate the conservation of bat biodiversity including species that are globally threatened.


Project outputs included:
  • Eleven students from Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam trained (in the host countries and UK) in aspects of bat taxonomy and ecology (BSc/ MSc/ PhD)

  • Eleven collaborative scientific papers

  • The First International Southeast Asian Bat Conference hosted in Phuket, Thailand in May, 2007 with 120 delegates from 25 countries

  • Nine international bat workshops held in all four participating countries

  • The first comprehensive bat website for mainland Southeast Asia, www.sc.psu.ac.th/batdb (currently being completed)

  • Data provided for the South-East Asian Mammal Database (SAMD) http://www.ieaitaly.org/samd in Bogor, Java in April/May, 2006

  • Six TV documentaries on aspects of bat diversity, conservation and ecology made in Thailand and Vietnam

  • Two species of bat new to science described - Titania's woolly bat Kerivoula titania Bates et al., 2007 and Murina tiensa Csorba et al., 2007.


Project reports available at: http://darwin.defra.gov.uk/project/14011/


Collaborating institutions: Prince of Songkla University in Thailand; Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia; National University of Laos in Lao PDR; the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources in Vietnam; and the Harrison Institute


Harrison Institute contact:
Dr Paul Bates – harrisoninstitute@btinternet.com


In-country contacts:

  • Dr Sara Bumrungsri, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand - sara.b@psu.ac.th ; sara_psu@hotmail.com
  • Mr Ith Saveng, Curator at the Natural History Museum, Department of Environmental Science, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia - ithsaveng@yahoo.com

  • Professor Bounthob Praxaysombath, Head of Biology, Faculty of Science, National University of Laos, Lao PDR - bounthob@hotmail.com

  • Mr Vu Dinh Thong, Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR), Vietnam - thong1605@yahoo.com

 

Principal Funder: Darwin Initiative, DEFRA - £139,800 (of £215,800)

Additional funders for aspects of the project included: BAT, BCI, BP, BRT, British Ecological Society, Lubee Foundation, Rufford Foundation, The Royal Society; Vietnamese Government and Tuebingen University, Germany.


Dates: April, 2005-March, 2008


Publications from the project:

Bates, P.J.J., M. Struebig, B. Hayes, N. Furey, Khin Mya Mya, V.D. Thong, P.D. Tien, C. Francis and G. Csorba. 2007. A new species of Kerivoula (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Southeast Asia. Acta Chiropterologica, 9(2): 323-337.

Bumrungsri, S., D.L. Harrison, C. Satasook, A. Prajukjitr, S. Thong-Aree and P.J.J. Bates. 2006. A review of bat research in Thailand with eight species records new for the country. Acta Chiropteroligica, 8(2): 325-359.

Csorba, G., V.D. Thong, P.J.J. Bates and N.M. Furey. 2007. Description of a new species of Murina from Vietnam (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae: Murininae). Museum of Texas Tech University, Occasional Papers No. 268: 1-9.

Douangboubpha, B., S. Bumrungsri, S. W. Murray, S. J. Puechmaille, C. Satasook, Si Si Hla Bu, D. L. Harrison, and P. J. J. Bates. (Submitted). A taxonomic review of Hipposideros halophyllus, H. ater, and H. cineraceus (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) in Thailand and Myanmar. Acta Chiropterologica.

Soisook, P. , S. Bumrungsri, A. Dejtaradol, C. Francis, G. Csorba, A. Guillen-Servent and P. Bates. 2007. First records of Kerivoula kachinensis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Thailand. Acta Chiropterologica, 9(2): 339-345.

Soisook, P., S. Bumrungsri, C. Satasook, V. D. Thong, Si Si Hla Bu, D. L. Harrison, and P. J . J. Bates. 2008. A taxonomic review of Rhinolophus stheno and R. malayanus (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) from continental Southeast Asia: an evaluation of echolocation call frequency in discriminating between cryptic species. Acta Chiropterologica: 10(2): 221- 242.

Thong, V. D., S. Bumrungsri, D. L. Harrison, M. J. Pearch, K. M. Helgen, and P. J. J. Bates. 2006. New records of Microchiroptera (Rhinolophidae and Kerivoulinae) from Vietnam and Thailand. Acta Chiropterologica, 8(1): 83-93.

Thong, V.D., V.T. Tu, P.D. Tien, C-W. Chu, Juliana, P. Bates, and N. Furey. 2007. Echolocation call frequency of Marshall's Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus marshalli from Cat Ba National Park and its current status in Vietnam. Proceedings of the 2nd National Scientific Conference on Ecology and Biological Resources, Hanoi: 274-277.

BSc project, MSc and PhD theses:

Dejtaradol, A. 2009. A taxonomic review of Rhinolophus pusillus and Rhinolophus lepidus (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) in Thailand. MSc. Thesis, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai. xii + 122 pp.

Dao Nhan Loi. 2007. An identification guide to the bats of Kim Hy Nature Reserve, based on external, craniodental and acoustic criteria (in Vietnamese). MSc. Thesis, Xuan Mai Forestry University.

Douangboubpha, B., 2008.  A taxonomic review of Hipposideros halophyllus Hill and Yenbutra, 1984, Hipposideros ater Templeton, 1848, Hipposideros cineraceus Blyth, 1853 (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) in Thailand and Myanmar. MSc. Thesis, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai. xiv + 170 pp.

Nguyen Xuan Hung. Bat diversity in Ba Be National Park, Vietnam. BSc dissertation (in Vietnamese).
Phommexay, P. 2009. Bat species diversity and feeding intensity in intact forest and rubber plantations in southern Thailand. MSc. Thesis, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai. ix + 92 pp.

Saveng, I. 2008. A taxonomic review of Rhinolophus coelophyllus Peters, 1867 and R. shameli Tate, 1943 (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) in Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam. MSc Thesis, Royal University of Phnom Penh. vii + 93 pp.

Soisook, P. 2008. A Taxonomic Review of Rhinolophus malayanus Bonhote, 1903 and Rhinolophus stheno Andersen, 1905 (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) in Thailand. MSc. Thesis, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai. xii + 106 pp.

Vu, V. 2008. A review of bat species diversity of Cambodia. MSc Royal University of Phnom Penh. iii + 96 pp.

Previous publications based on researches in Southeast Asia

Bates, P. J. J., D. L. Harrison, P. D. Jenkins, and J. L. Walston. 1997. Three rare species of Pipistrellus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) new to Vietnam. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientarium Hungaricae, 43(4): 359-374. [PDF available]

Bates, P. J. J., D. K. Hendrichsen, J. L. Walston, and B. Hayes. 1999. A review of the mouse-eared bats (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae: Myotis) from Vietnam with significant new records. Acta Chiropterologica, 1(1): 47-74. [PDF available]

Csorba, G. and P. J. J. Bates. 2005. Description of a new species of Murina from Cambodia (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae: Murininae). Acta Chiropterologica, 7(1): 1–7. [PDF available]

Hendrichsen, D. K., P. J. J. Bates, and B. D. Hayes. 2001. Recent records of bats (Chiroptera) from Cambodia. Acta Chiropterologica, 3(1): 21-32. [PDF available]

Hendrichsen, D. K., P. J. J. Bates, B. D. Hayes, and J. L. Walston. 2001. Recent records of bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from Vietnam with six species new to the country. Myotis, 39: 35-122. [PDF available]

Walston, J. L. and P. J. J. Bates. 2001. The discovery of Wroughton’s free-tailed bat Otomops wroughtoni (Chiroptera: Molossidae) in Cambodia. Acta Chiropterologica, 3(2): 249-252. [PDF available]