Journal Articles:

  • Mumm CAS, Knörnschild M (2017) Territorial choruses of giant otter groups (Pteronura brasiliensis) encode information on group identity. PLOS ONE12(10): e0185733.
  • Fernandez AA, Knörnschild M (2017) Isolation calls of the bat Saccopteryx bilineata encode multiple messages. Animal Behavior and Cognition 4: 169-186.
  • Engler S, Rose A*, Knörnschild M* (accepted) Isolation call ontogeny in bat pups (Glossophaga soricina). * Joint senior authors. Behaviour 154: 267–286
  • Rose A, Brändel SD, Cvecko P, Engler S, Hiller H, Knörnschild M, Tschapka M (2017) New records of hypopigmentation in two neotropical phyllostomid bat species with different roosting habits (Uroderma bilobatum, Glossophaga soricina). Mammalia. Online first.
  • Günther L, Lopez MD, Knörnschild M, Reid K, Nagy M*, Mayer M* (2016) From resource to female defence – the impact of roosting ecology on a bat’s mating strategy. * Joint senior authors. Royal Society Open Science 3:160503.
  • Eckenweber M, Knörnschild M (2016) Responsiveness to conspecific distress calls is influenced by day-roost proximity in bats (Saccopteryx bilineata). Royal Society Open Science 3: 160151.
  • Rose A, Kolar M, Tschapka M, Knörnschild M (2015) Learning where to feed: The use of social information in flower-visiting Pallas' Long-tongued Bats (Glossophaga soricina). Animal Cognition 19: 252-261.
  • Tschapka M, Gonzalez-Terrazas TP, Knörnschild M (2015) Nectar uptake in a mammal using a novel pumping tongue mechanism. Science Advances 1: e1500525.
  • Carter G, Schoeppler D, Manthey MK, Knörnschild M, Denzinger A (2015) Distress calls of a fast-flying bat (Molossus molossus) provoke inspection flights but not mobbing. PLoS ONE 10: e0136146.
  • Heim O, Treitler JT, Tschapka M, Knörnschild M, Jung K (2015) The importance of landscape elements for bat activity and species richness in agricultural areas. PLoS ONE 10: e0134443.
  • Knörnschild M (2014) Vocal production learning in bats. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 28: 80-85.
  • Mumm CAS, Knörnschild M (2014) The vocal repertoire of adult and neonate giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis). PLoS ONE 9: e112562.
  • Fernandez AA, Fasel N, Knörnschild M, Richner H (2014) When bats are boxing: aggressive behaviour and communication in male Seba's short-tailed fruit bat. Animal Behaviour 98: 149-156.
  • Nagy M, Knörnschild M, Günther L, Mayer F (2014) Dispersal and mating strategies in the Neotropical Grey sac-winged bat Balantiopteryx plicata. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 68: 891-901.
  • Knörnschild M, Feifel M, Kalko EKV (2014) Male courtship displays and vocal communication in the polygynous bat Carollia perspicillata. Behaviour 151: 781-798.
  • Simon R, Knörnschild M, Tschapka M, Schneider A, Passauer N, Kalko EKV, von Helversen O (2014) Biosonar resolving power: Echo-acoustic perception of surface structures in the submillimeter range. Frontiers in Physiology 5: 64.
  • Mumm CAS, Urrutia MC, Knörnschild M (2014) Vocal individuality in cohesion calls of giant otters, Pteronura brasiliensis. Animal Behaviour 88: 243-252.
  • Greiner S, Nagy M, Mayer F, Knörnschild M, Hofer H, Voigt CC (2014) Sex-biased senescence in a polygynous bat species. Ethology 120: 197-205.
  • Knörnschild M, Feifel M, Kalko EKV (2013) Mother-offspring recognition in the bat Carollia perspicillata. Animal Behaviour 86: 941-948.
  • Corman VM, Rasche A, Diallo TD, Cottontail VM, Stöcker S, de Carvalho Dominguez Souza BF, Corrêa JI, Carneiro AJB, Franke CR, Nagy M, Metz M, Knörnschild M, Kalko EKV, Ghanem SJ, Morales KDS, Salsamendi E, Spínola M, Herrler G, Voigt CC, Tschapka M, Drosten C, Drexler JF (2013) Highly diversified coronaviruses in neotropical bats. Journal of General Virology 94: 1984-1994.
  • Geipel I, Kalko EKV, Wallmeyer K, Knörnschild M (2013) Post-weaning maternal food provisioning in a bat with a complex hunting strategy. Animal Behaviour 85: 1435-1441.
  • Nagy M, Günther L, Knörnschild M, Mayer F (2013) Female-biased dispersal in a bat with a female-defence mating strategy. Molecular Ecology 22(6): 1733-1745.
  • Eckenweber M, Knörnschild M (2013) Social influences on territorial signaling in male greater-sac winged bats. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 67(4): 639-648.
  • Knörnschild M, Tschapka M (2012) Predator mobbing behaviour in the greater spear-nosed bat Phyllostomus hastatus. Chiroptera Neotropical 18(2): 1132-1135.
  • Knörnschild M*, Jung K*, Nagy M, Metz M, Kalko EKV (2012) Bat echolocation calls facilitate social communication. * Joint first authors. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279(1748): 4827-4835.
  • Drexler JF, Corman VM, Müller MA, Maganga GD, Vallo P, Binger T, Gloza-Rausch F, Cottontail VM, Rasche A, Yordanov S, Seebens A, Knörnschild M, Oppong S, Sarkodie YA, Pongombo C, Lukashev AN, Schmidt-Chanasit J, Stöcker A, Carneiro AJB, Erbar S, Maisner A, Fronhoffs F, Buettner R, Kalko EKV, Kruppa T, Franke CR, Kallies R, Yandoko ERN, Herrler G, Reusken C, Hassanin A, Krüger DH, Matthee S, Ulrich RG, Leroy EM, Drosten C (2012) Bats host major mammalian paramyxoviruses. Nature Communications 3: 796.
  • Gonzalez-Terrazas TP, Medellin RA, Knörnschild M, Tschapka M (2012) Morphological specialization influences nectar extraction efficiency of sympatric nectar-feeding bats. Journal of Experimental Ecology 215(22): 3989-3996.
  • Knörnschild M, Nagy M, Metz M, Mayer F, von Helversen O (2012) Learned vocal group signatures in the polygynous bat Saccopteryx bilineata. Animal Behaviour 84(4): 671-679.
  • Nagy M, Knörnschild M, Voigt CC, Mayer F (2012) Male greater sac-winged bats gain direct fitness benefits when roosting in multimale colonies. Behavioural Ecology 23(3): 597-606.
  • Fulmer A, Knörnschild M (2012) Intracolonial social distance, signalling modality and association choice in the greater sac-winged bat (Saccopteryx bilineata). Journal of Ethology 30(1): 117-124.
  • Knörnschild M, Ueberschaer K, Helbig M, Kalko EKV (2011) Sexually selected infanticide in a polygynous bat. PLoS ONE 6: e25001.
  • Knörnschild M, Fulmer A, von Helversen O (2010) Duration of courtship displays corresponds to social status in male sac-winged bats, Saccopteryx bilineata. Canadian Journal of Zoology 88(6): 589-594.
  • Knörnschild M, Glöckner V, von Helversen O (2010) The vocal repertoire of two sympatric species of nectar-feeding bats (Glossophaga soricina, G. commissarisi). Acta Chiropterologica 12(1): 205-215.
  • Strauss M, von Helversen O, Knörnschild M (2010) The ontogeny of courtship behaviors in bat pups (Saccopteryx bilineata). Behaviour 147(6): 661-676.
  • Knörnschild M, Nagy M, Metz M, Mayer F, von Helversen O (2010) Complex vocal imitation during ontogeny in a bat. Biology Letters 6(2): 156-159.
  • Knörnschild M, Harview C, Moseley R, von Helversen O (2009) Remaining cryptic during motion – behavioral synchrony in the proboscis bat, Rhynchonycteris naso. Acta Chiropterologica 11(1): 208-211.
  • Behr O, Knörnschild M, von Helversen O (2009) Territorial counter-singing in male sac-winged bats (Saccopteryx bilineata): low frequency songs trigger a stronger response. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63(3): 433-442.
  • Voigt C, Behr O, Caspers B, von Helversen O, Knörnschild M, Mayer F, Nagy M (2008) Songs, scents, and senses: Sexual selection in the greater sac-winged bat, Saccopteryx bilineata. Journal of Mammalogy 89(6): 1401-1410.
  • Knörnschild M, von Helversen O (2008) Non-mutual vocal mother-pup recognition in the sac-winged bat, Saccopteryx bilineata. Animal Behaviour 76(3): 1001-1009.
  • Knörnschild M, von Helversen O, Mayer F (2007) Twin siblings sound alike – isolation call variation in the Noctule bat, Nyctalus noctula. Animal Behaviour 74(4): 1055-1063.
  • Knörnschild M, Behr O, von Helversen O (2006) Babbling behavior in the sac-winged bat (Saccopteryx bilineata). Naturwissenschaften 93(9): 451-455.


  • Smotherman M, Knörnschild M, Smarsh G, Bohn KM (2016) The origins and diversity of bat songs. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 202(8): 535-554.
  • Nyffeler M, Knörnschild M (2013) Bat predation by spiders. PLoS ONE 8: e58120.

Book Chapters

  • Nagy M, Knörnschild M (2016) Sex-biased dispersal and social systems of Neotropical Emballonurids. In: Sociality in Bats (J. Ortega, ed.). Springer Press, NY. Pp. 47-63.
  • Knörnschild M, Eckenweber M, Fernandez AA, Nagy M (2016) Sexually selected vocalizations of Neotropical bats. In: Sociality in Bats (J. Ortega, ed.). Springer Press, NY. Pp. 179-195.

Fernandez AA, Knörnschild M (2017) Isolation calls of the bat Saccopteryx bilineata encode multiple messages. Animal Behavior and Cognition 4: 169-186.