ChiroVox : A public library of bat calls

Görföl, Tamás and Huang, Joe Chun-Chia and Csorba, Gábor and Gyorössy, Dorottya and Estók, Péter and Kingston, Tigga and Szabadi, Kriszta Lilla and McArthur, Ellen and Juliana, Senawi and Furey, Neil M. and Tully, Vuong Tan and Thong, Vu Dinh and Faisal Ali, Anwarali Khan and Emy Ritta, Jinggong and Donnelly, Melissa and Kumaran, Jayaraj Vijaya and Liu, Jian-Nan and Chen, Shiang-Fan and Tuanmu, Mao-Ning and Ho, Ying-Yi and Chang, Heng-Chia and Nurul-Ain, Elias and Nur-Izzati, Abdullah and Lim, Lee-Sim and Squire, C. Daniel and Zsebok, Sándor (2022) ChiroVox : A public library of bat calls. PeerJ, 10 (e12445). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2167-8359

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Recordings of bat echolocation and social calls are used for many research purposes from ecological studies to taxonomy. Effective use of these relies on identification of species from the recordings, but comparative recordings or detailed call descriptions to support identification are often lacking for areas with high biodiversity. The ChiroVox website ( was created to facilitate the sharing of bat sound recordings together with their metadata, including biodiversity data and recording circumstances. To date, more than 30 researchers have contributed over 3,900 recordings of nearly 200 species, making ChiroVox the largest open-access bat call library currently available. Each recording has a unique identifier that can be cited in publications; hence the acoustic analyses are repeatable. Most of the recordings available through the website are from bats whose species identities are confirmed, so they can be used to determine species in recordings where the bats were not captured or could not be identified. We hope that with the help of the bat researcher community, the website will grow rapidly and will serve as a solid source for bat acoustic research and monitoring.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bats, Chiroptera, Database, Call library, Echolocation, Acoustics, Survey, Monitoring.
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2022 02:07
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2022 02:07

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