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Pipistrellus nathusii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA VESPERTILIONIDAE

Scientific Name: Pipistrellus nathusii
Species Authority: (Keyserling & Blasius, 1839)
Common Name/s:
English Nathusius' Pipistrelle
French Pipistrelle De Nathusius
Spanish Murciélago De Nathusius

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Hutson, A.M., Spitzenberger, F., Juste, J., Aulagnier, S., Palmeirim, J., Karataş, A. & Paunović, M.
Reviewer/s: Vié, J.-C. & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
The species is widespread and abundant, and there is no evidence of current significant population decline. Consequently the species is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Pipistrellus nathusii is a western Palaearctic migratory species. It is restricted to Europe, Asia Minor and Transcaucasia where it is found at latitudes of up to ca. 37-63°N. In the Mediterranean, it is generally widespread across southern Europe although apparently absent from most of Iberia (although there have been some new recent records in Spain which extend the known range) and Fennoscandia. With few exceptions, maternity colonies are confined to northeastern Europe (eastern Germany, Baltic states, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia: Vierhaus 2004). The first observation of Pipistrellus nathusii breeding in Finland was made in 2006 (H. Henttonen pers. comm. 2006) when a colony of ca.10 individuals, including lactating females, was found close to the southern coast some 50-60 km east of Helsinki. The species is typically associated with lowland areas but has been recorded up to 2,200 m in the Alps (Bogdanowicz 1999).
Countries:
Native:
Albania; Andorra; Armenia (Armenia); Austria; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France (Corsica); Georgia; Germany; Greece; Holy See (Vatican City State); Hungary; Ireland; Italy (Sardegna, Sicilia); Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Monaco; Montenegro; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Romania; Russian Federation; San Marino; Serbia (Serbia); Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain (Baleares); Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom
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Population [top]

Population: It is abundant in northern parts of range, and less common but increasingly recorded in southern and western parts of its range. Summer maternity colonies of up to 200 individuals have been recorded, but large winter aggregations are not known.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It forages over a range of habitats including woodland edge, wetlands, and open parkland. Summer roosts are located in tree holes, buildings, and bat boxes, mainly in woodland areas. Winter roost sites include crevices in cliffs, buildings and around the entrance of caves, often in relatively cold, dry, and exposed sites. It is a migratory species, with movements of up to 1,905 km recorded (Petersons 2004). Migrations typically follow a NE-SW route (Bogdanowicz 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although not major threats, the species is affected by habitat fragmentation on migration routes, loss of and disturbance to roosts in buildings, loss of mature trees with cavities and/or loose bark, etc., and water quality changes which may affect food supply.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is protected under national law in most range states. It is also protected under international law through the Bonn Convention (Eurobats) and Bern Convention in parts of its range where these apply, and is included in Annex IV of the EU Habitats and Species Directive. It is regarded as a species of special concern by Eurobats. Proposals for the conservation of the species in Europe (including research requirements) were made by Limpens and Schulte (2000) following a workshop in Germany in 1998. They recommended a Europe-wide census involving assessment of the species' population status and trends, identification of its mating, hibernation and maternity areas, investigation of migration routes, and identification of preferred resting areas on migration routes.
Citation: Hutson, A.M., Spitzenberger, F., Juste, J., Aulagnier, S., Palmeirim, J., Karataş, A. & Paunović, M. 2008. Pipistrellus nathusii. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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