The Database catalogs accounts of the interactions of bats with other organisms worldwide that are published in peer-reviewed literature. For each interaction we include the taxonomic information (family, genus, and species) of each member of the interaction, the type of interaction (pollination, visitation, consumption, host, etc.), the details of the location (country, habitat type, elevation, GPS), and citation (authors, title, journal, year). See Conceptual Data Map below. The number of interactions in the database will continue to grow as we make every effort to keep this information up-to-date.
Users can browse, sort, and filter interaction data on the Database Search Page, available at the 'Database' menu tab. It has been built to provide the most flexibility for filtering and sorting the interaction data. Search by the following attributes and more.
There are tips for building creative searches and finding specific data available on the Database Search page.
If you use search results, or data, from this site in a publication, as part of any other printed media, or in online content, please cite them as follows:
Geiselman, Cullen K. & Sarah Younger. 2020. Bat Eco-Interactions Database. www.batbase.org, version (date accessed).
Bat Eco-Interactions heavily depends on user's participation, either by suggesting publications that have not been included on the database, and/or by entering new data (see below New Data Flow diagram). We invite you to click here to review the list of articles we are currently adding to the database. If you have suggestions for additional publications, please send the relevant information and a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on how to contribute, visit our Participate page.
Expert users will be able to directly contribute bat interaction data that has not been included on the database and has been published in peer-reviewed literature. We encourage the inclusion of world-wide publications, regardless of their original language and publication source.
Once a new interaction has been submitted by a contributor, this data goes through a strict internal quality control process where it is evaluated for accuracy in data fields and formatting (see below New Data Flow diagram). We are committed to provide a scientifically and technically robust platform where rigorous processes are followed to guarantee a database with the highest quality standards for the long term.