Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Carnivora > Family: Mustelidae > Genus: Mustela > Species: Mustela vison

American mink - Mustela vison Schreber, 1777

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)
Reported as invasive by NOBANIS, see also fact sheet
Most preferred habitats
  • rivers and lakes
  • wetlands
May also occur in
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
  • woodland and forest

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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.


Least Concern


Not evaluated


Not evaluated

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

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
American mink English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Amerikaanse nerts Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Amerikai nyérc Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Amerikaneschen Nerz Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mink Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mink Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mink German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mink Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mink Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mink Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Minkki Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Minkur Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Norek americký Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Norok americký Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Visão-americano Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Visón americano Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vison d'Amérique French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Visone americano Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vizon Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vizon Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vizon Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Mustela antiquus Loomis, 1911
Mustela energumenos Bangs, 1896
Mustela evagor Hall, 1932
Mustela evergladensis Hamilton, 1948
Mustela ingens Osgood, 1900
Mustela lacustris Preble, 1902
Mustela letifera Hollister, 1915
Mustela lutensis Bangs, 1898
Mustela lutreocephala Harlan, 1825
Mustela macrodon Prentiss, 1903
Mustela melampeplus Elliot, 1903
Mustela vulgivagus Bangs, 1895
Mustela nigrescens Audubon & Bachman, 1854
Mustela winingus Baird, 1857
Mustela rufa Smith, 1858

Other resources

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ITIS (invalid) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search 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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