fitting acknowledgement for Chris Corben

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Subject: fitting acknowledgement for Chris Corben
From: "Peter Menkhorst" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 16:27:00 +1100
regular followers of birding-aus will have been impressed with the 
knowledgeable and constructive contributions from Chris Corben, particularly in 
helping people understand the complexities of plumage condition and moult, and 
their impact on bird identification. Perhaps many birding-aus members are not 
aware that birding is only one of Chris' many talents. In particular he has 
made an enormous contribution to the study of bats by developing and refining a 
device to automatically record and identify bat echolocation calls - the Anabat 
bat detector. This device is now a standard wildlife survey tool in Australia 
and elsewhere.

Chris' contribution to bat study has now been formally recognised by the naming 
of a new species long-eared bat Nyctophilus corbeni (formerly the south-eastern 
Australian form of the Greater Long-eared Bat N. timoriensis). In his taxonomic 
review published in the latest Australian Zoologist, Harry Parnaby has this to 
say about the etymology of the name:
'named in honour of Christopher John Corben, bat researcher, frog expert, 
ornithologist and technophile, in recognition his contribution to Australian 
zoology from his largely unfunded pioneering development and ceaseless 
refinement of technology and software for the detection, storage and analysis 
of bat echolocation calls which has revolutionised bat research and inventory 
in Australia and on other continents.'

Congratulation Chris, and well done Harry!

Peter Menkhorst

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