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Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Carnivora > Family: Mustelidae > Genus: Mustela > Species: Mustela putorius > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Mustela putorius putorius Linnaeus, 1758 Fauna Europaea (2005)

Western polecat - Mustela putorius Linnaeus, 1758

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 1 other international agreement
Natura 2000 sites 1 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • urban
  • wetlands
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • heathland and shrub
Natura 2000 species code 1358


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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 2013-2018 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
BE35049C0 Belgium Vallée du Ruisseau de Fairoul Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Bunzing Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dihor Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hilleri Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ilder Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ilder Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Iller Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Illir Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Juodasis šeškas Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kokarca Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Közönséges görény Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Metstuhkur Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Navadni dihur Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nemes Maltese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Putois d'Europe French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Puzzola Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Qelbesi Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sesks Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sténkert Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tchor tmavý Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tchórz zwyczajny Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Toirão Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tuhkur Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Turón Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tvor Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Waldiltis German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Western polecat English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Putorius putorius Linnaeus, 1758

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
NOBANIS: Mustela putorius European Network on Invasive Alien Species
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

Reportnet deliveries

Files delivered through Reportnet with relevance to this species.

44 items found, displaying all items.1
Released Coverage Envelope File
2015-07-31 Greece Habitats Directive Article 17 29_12_2014 submission GR GR_species_reports-15723-10453.xml
2014-01-28 Denmark 2nd submission 2007-2012 DK_species_reports-131220-95922.xml
2014-01-08 Luxembourg Article 17 report 92/43/CEE 2007_2012 Luxembourg LU_species_reports-13823-134519.xml
2014-01-07 Hungary HU_Art_17_report_2013_second round_10_31 HU_species_report_art17
2014-01-04 Romania RO Art.17 2007-2012 Report from 31 December 2013 RO_species_reports.xml
2013-12-30 Lithuania Third LT report on Art.17,2007-2012 LT_species_reports-131230-135438.xml
2013-12-30 Sweden Report on Implementation Measures (Art.17.1)_delivery 2013 SE_species_reports-131230-111623.xml
2013-12-27 Bulgaria BG_habitats_report_2007-2012 Species reports
2013-12-20 Germany German national report 2013 DE_species_reports.xml
2013-12-18 Netherlands NL 2013 report art. 17 NL_species_reports_2013-12-09compleet2.xml
2013-12-17 Slovakia Art 17 report for the period 2007 - 2012 - second delivery SK_species_reports-131217-132945.xml
2013-12-16 Slovenia SI_Article_17_Report_2013_2nd_submission SI_species_reports-131216-13555.xml
2013-12-09 Poland Habitats Directive Art. 17 Report PL_species_reports.xml
2013-12-04 Italy 3rd Italian national report 2013 IT_species_reports.xml
2013-10-18 Latvia LATVIA_2007-2012 LV_species_reports-131018-113252.xml
2013-10-11 Austria Art 17 HD AT_species_reports-13916-161758.xml
2013-10-10 United Kingdom Habitats Directive Article 17 2013 2nd submission UK GB_species_reports-13925-15297.xml
2013-10-07 Finland Habitat directive reporting (FI) 2007-2012 FI_species_reports.xml
2013-09-18 France Rapport France 2013 FR_species_reports.xml
2013-09-18 Portugal Relatorio nacional sobre a implementacao da Directiva Habitats 2013 PT_species_reports.xml
2013-09-17 Estonia Eesti2013 EE_species_reports-13917-14855.xml
2013-09-16 Belgium Second Release Art17 Belgium BE_species_reports-13916-154440.xml
2013-09-11 Spain Habitats Directive: Report Art.17 2007-2012 ES_species_reports
2013-08-23 Czechia CZ_Rep_HDArt17_2013_2nd_submission:corrected CZ_species_reports.xml
2008-07-07 Spain Spain's delivery of 3 July Mustela putorius
2008-04-14 Estonia eesti Species questionnaire for Mustela putorius
2008-04-10 Germany German national report Mustela putorius
2008-03-21 Slovenia Article 17 Report Mustela putorius
2008-03-17 Netherlands NL Report HR 2007 Mustela putorius
2008-03-05 Italy Italy Mustela putorius
2008-03-04 Hungary delivery_report_art_17_HU Mustela putorius
2008-03-03 Lithuania Buveiniu direktyvos igyvendinimo ataskaita Species questionnaire for Mustela putorius
2008-02-28 France rapport France Mustela putorius
2008-02-25 United Kingdom UK_submission Mustela putorius
2008-02-22 Greece Hellas Species questionnaire for Mustela putorius
2008-02-22 Slovakia report under habitats directive Mustela putorius
2008-02-22 Austria Article 17 report Austria Species questionnaire for Mustela putorius
2008-01-16 Belgium Natura 2000 habitat report Species questionnaire for Mustela putorius
2008-01-15 Luxembourg Article 17 report 92/43/CEE Luxembourg Species questionnaire for Mustela putorius
2008-01-11 Finland Suomi virallinen Species questionnaire for Mustela putorius
2007-10-02 Latvia LATVIA 2001-2006 Mustela putorius
2007-10-02 Sweden Report on Implementation Measures (Art.17.1)_delivery 2007 Species questionnaire for Mustela putorius
2007-10-01 Czechia Species and Habitats Species questionnaire for Mustela putorius
2007-10-01 Poland Report on Implementation Measures Species questionnaire for Mustela putorius
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