Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Chiroptera > Family: Vespertilionidae > Genus: Nyctalus > Species: Nyctalus noctula

Noctule - Nyctalus noctula (Schreber, 1774)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Unfavourable-Bad
Atlantic - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Black Sea - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Boreal - Favourable
Continental - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Mediterranean - Unfavourable-Bad
Pannonian - Favourable
Steppic - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 3 other international agreements
Most preferred habitats
  • rivers and lakes
  • urban
  • wetlands
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
  • sparsely vegetated land
Natura 2000 species code 1312


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Abendsegler German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Bëschflëntermaus Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Borowiec wielki Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Brunflagermus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Húmblaka Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Isolepakko Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Közönséges koraidenevér Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lakuriqnate noktule Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Liliacul-de-amurg Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Morcego-arborícola-grande Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Murciélago nóctulo común Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Netopier hrdzavý Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Netopýr rezavý Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Noctule English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Noctule commune French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Noktula Maltese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nottola comune Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rosse vleermuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rudasis nakviša Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Stor fladdermus Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Storflaggermus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Suurvidevlane Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Noctula serotina Bonaparte, 1841
Pterygistes noctula Miller, 1897
Vesperugo noctula Blasius, 1857
Vespertilio noctula Schreber, 1774
Vespertilio lardarius Müller, 1776
Vespertilio magnus Berkenhout, 1789
Vespertilio altivolans White, 1789
Vespertilio major Leach, 1816
Vespertilio proterus Kuhl, 1818
Vespertilio rufescens Brehm, 1829
Vespertilio palustris Crespon, 1844
Vesperugo plancei Gerbe, 1880
Vesperus sinensis Peters, 1880
Nyctalus velutinus Allen, 1923

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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