Bats as bushmeat: a global review

  title={Bats as bushmeat: a global review},
  author={Simon Mickleburgh and Kerry A. Waylen and Paul A. Racey},
  pages={217 - 234}
Abstract A questionnaire survey and literature review revealed the extent of hunting of bats for bushmeat in the Old World tropics. High levels of offtake were reported throughout Asia, the Pacific islands and some Western Indian Ocean islands, where fruit bats of the genus Pteropus are eaten extensively. Most hunting in Africa was reported in western states and the largest fruit bat Eidolon helvum was preferred. Insectivorous bats are also eaten, particularly Tadarida in Asia. Hunting is both… 

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