Exploitation of Bats for Bushmeat and Medicine

  title={Exploitation of Bats for Bushmeat and Medicine},
  author={Tammy L. Mildenstein and Iroro Tanshi and Paul A. Racey},
  journal={Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World},
  pages={325 - 375}
Bat hunting for consumption as bushmeat and medicine is widespread and affects at least 167 species of bats (or c. 13 % of the world’s bat species), in Africa, Asia, across the islands of Oceania, and to a lesser extent in Central and South America. Hunting is particularly prevalent among the large-bodied fruit bats of the Old World tropics, where half (50 %, 92/183) the extant species in the family Pteropodidae are hunted. Pteropodids that are hunted are six times more likely to be Red Listed… 

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