Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Chiroptera > Family: Rhinolophidae > Genus: Rhinolophus > Species: Rhinolophus mehelyi

Mehely's horseshoe bat - Rhinolophus mehelyi Matschie, 1901

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Vulnerable (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Good
Black Sea - Poor
Continental - Poor
Mediterranean - Bad
Steppic - Poor
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 4 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 228 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • rivers and lakes
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
Natura 2000 species code 1302


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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
ES0000014 Spain Monfragüe y las Dehesas del Entorno Map
ES0000023 Spain L'Albufera Map
ES0000031 Spain Sierra de Grazalema Map
ES0000037 Spain Es Trenc - Salobrar de Campos Map
ES0000038 Spain S'Albufera de Mallorca Map
ES0000049 Spain Los Alcornocales Map
ES0000051 Spain Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche Map
ES0000053 Spain Sierra Norte de Sevilla Map
ES0000070 Spain Sierra de San Pedro Map
ES0000073 Spain Costa Brava de Mallorca Map
ES0000090 Spain Sierra Morena Map
ES0000139 Spain Estepas cerealistas de los ríos Jarama y Henares Map
ES0000142 Spain Cortados y cantiles de los ríos Jarama y Manzanares Map
ES0000164 Spain Sierra de Ayllón Map
ES0000173 Spain Sierra Espuña Map
ES0000213 Spain Serres de Mariola i el Carrascar de la Font Roja Map
ES0000257 Spain Sierras de Ricote y la Navela Map
ES0000264 Spain La Muela-Cabo Tiñoso Map
ES0000265 Spain Sierra del Molino, Embalse del Quipar y Llanos del Cagitán Map
ES0000267 Spain Sierras de Burete, Lavia y Cambrón Map
ES0000268 Spain Saladares del Guadalentín Map
ES0000368 Spain Río Tajo Internacional y Riberos Map
ES0000370 Spain Sierra de Gata y Valle de las Pilas Map
ES0000408 Spain Vegas del Ruecas, Cubilar y Moheda Alta Map
ES0000434 Spain Canchos de Ramiro y Ladronera Map
ES1120010 Spain Negueira Map
ES1300019 Spain Cueva del Rejo Map
ES4310009 Spain Puerto Peña - los Golondrinos Map
ES4320039 Spain Sierra de las Villuercas y Valle del Guadarranque Map
ES5110013 Spain Serres del Litoral central Map
ES5140011 Spain Sistema Prelitoral meridional Map
ES5223004 Spain Penyagolosa Map
ES6140002 Spain Sierra de Castril Map
ES6150007 Spain Peñas de Aroche Map
ES6310001 Spain Calamocarro-Benzú Map
PTCON0057 Portugal Caldeirão Map
PTZPE0015 Portugal Costa Sudoeste Map
PTZPE0045 Portugal Mourão/Moura/Barrancos Map
PTZPE0047 Portugal Vale do Guadiana Map
ES6150024 Spain El Jure Map
ITB022212 Italy Supramonte di Oliena, Orgosolo e Urzulei - Su Sercone Map
PTCON0015 Portugal Serras d'Aire e Candeeiros Map
ES6200004 Spain Sierras y Vega Alta del Segura y Ríos Alhárabe y Moratalla Map
ITB010042 Italy Capo Caccia (con le Isole Foradada e Piana) e Punta del Giglio Map
PTCON0052 Portugal Arade / Odelouca Map
PTCON0012 Portugal Costa Sudoeste Map
PTCON0048 Portugal Serra de Montejunto Map
PTCON0010 Portugal Arrábida / Espichel Map
ES4310049 Spain Cueva del Valle de Santa Ana Map
BG0000421 Bulgaria Preslavska planina Map
BG0000521 Bulgaria Makresh Map
ES4220003 Spain Ríos de la cuenca media del Guadiana y laderas vertientes Map
ES6110008 Spain Sierras de Gádor y Enix Map
ES6180012 Spain Minas El Galayo y La Jabata Map
BG0000616 Bulgaria Mikre Map
ROSCI0071 Romania Dumbrăveni - Valea Urluia - Lacul Vederoasa Map
BG0000591 Bulgaria Sedlarkata Map
ES4320037 Spain Sierra de Gata Map
BG0000593 Bulgaria Bilernitsite Map
ES4150032 Spain El Rebollar Map
ES5140014 Spain Massís de Bonastre Map
PTCON0053 Portugal Moura / Barrancos Map
BG0001007 Bulgaria Strandzha Map
ES4250012 Spain Mina de la nava de Ricomalillo Map
ES3110005 Spain Cuenca del río Guadarrama Map
BG0001036 Bulgaria Balgarski izvor Map
BG0000611 Bulgaria Yazovir Gorni Dabnik Map
ES6120013 Spain Sierra Líjar Map
BG0000107 Bulgaria Suha reka Map
BG0000601 Bulgaria Kalenska peshtera Map
BG0001014 Bulgaria Karlukovo Map
ES4320051 Spain Mina de la Aurora Map
ES5212008 Spain Maigmó i Serres de la Foia de Castalla Map
ES5110001 Spain Massís del Montseny Map
BG0000214 Bulgaria Dryanovski manastir Map
BG0000212 Bulgaria Sakar Map
ES4320077 Spain Monfragüe Map
ITB041111 Italy Monte Linas - Marganai Map
ITA090009 Italy Valle del Fiume Anapo, Cavagrande del Calcinara, Cugni di Sortino Map
BG0000217 Bulgaria Zhdreloto na reka Tundzha Map
ES5140018 Spain El Montmell-Marmellar Map
BG0000418 Bulgaria Kermenski vazvishenia Map
PTCON0031 Portugal Monfurado Map
ES4320005 Spain Dehesas del Ruecas y Cubilar Map
ROSCI0206 Romania Porțile de Fier Map
BG0000429 Bulgaria Reka Stryama Map
ITB021156 Italy Monte Gonare Map
ES6120020 Spain Túnel III de Bornos Map
BG0000382 Bulgaria Shumensko plato Map
ES3110004 Spain Cuenca del río Manzanares Map
ES4320076 Spain Riveras de Gata y Acebo Map
BG0000613 Bulgaria Reka Iskar Map
ES6200014 Spain Saladares del Guadalentín Map
ES6150027 Spain Mina Oriente Map
ES3110001 Spain Cuencas de los ríos Jarama y Henares Map
BG0000104 Bulgaria Provadiysko - Royaksko plato Map
ITB013044 Italy Capo Caccia Map
ES6170013 Spain Sierra de Mollina Map
BG0000138 Bulgaria Kamenitsa Map
BG0000130 Bulgaria Kraymorska Dobrudzha Map
ES4320031 Spain Río Tietar Map
ES4320029 Spain Río Ruecas Alto Map
ES5223053 Spain Forat d'en Ferràs-Orpesa Map
BG0000240 Bulgaria Studenets Map
BG0000500 Bulgaria Voynitsa Map
BG0000106 Bulgaria Harsovska reka Map
ES5233049 Spain Cova de les Rates Penades (Ròtova) Map
BG0000487 Bulgaria Bozhite mostove Map
ES6150010 Spain Andévalo Occidental Map
ES3110006 Spain Vegas, cuestas y páramos del sureste de Madrid Map
BG0000594 Bulgaria Bozhia most - Ponora Map
ES5310056 Spain Cova des Pont Map
BG0000608 Bulgaria Lomovete Map
ES5221002 Spain Desert de les Palmes Map
ES4320002 Spain Cedillo y Río Tajo Internacional Map
BG0000497 Bulgaria Archar Map
PTCON0042 Portugal Minas de St. Adrião Map
BG0000275 Bulgaria Yazovir Stamboliyski Map
BG0001040 Bulgaria Zapadna Stara planina i Predbalkan Map
BG0000219 Bulgaria Derventski vazvishenia 2 Map
ES6170018 Spain Cueva de Belda I Map
BG0000523 Bulgaria Shishentsi Map
ES5233048 Spain Sima de les Graelles-Tous Map
BG0000117 Bulgaria Kotlenska planina Map
ES4310069 Spain Cueva del Agua Map
ES6150025 Spain Mina Carpio Map
BG0001030 Bulgaria Rodopi - Zapadni Map
PTCON0007 Portugal S. Mamede Map
BG0000518 Bulgaria Vartopski dol Map
BG0000213 Bulgaria Tarnovski visochini Map
ES4220018 Spain Túneles de Ojailén Map
PTCON0049 Portugal Barrocal Map
ES4320057 Spain Refugio del Alto de San Blas Map
BG0000570 Bulgaria Izvorovo - Kraishte Map
BG0000420 Bulgaria Grebenets Map
ES5310046 Spain Cova de ses Rates Pinyades Map
BG0000615 Bulgaria Devetashko plato Map
ES5310042 Spain Avenc d'en Corbera Map
ES6130007 Spain Guadiato-Bembézar Map
ES6150021 Spain Corredor Ecológico del Río Tinto Map
ES4320038 Spain Sierra de Gredos y Valle del Jerte Map
ES4230009 Spain Cueva de La Judía Map
BG0000587 Bulgaria Varkan Map
BG0000374 Bulgaria Bebresh Map
BG0000263 Bulgaria Skalsko Map
ES4310060 Spain Corredores de Siruela Map
ES4310073 Spain Mina los Novilleros Map
ES6120024 Spain Cueva del Búho Map
BG0000166 Bulgaria Vrachanski Balkan Map
PTCON0036 Portugal Guadiana Map
BG0000247 Bulgaria Nikopolsko plato Map
ROSCI0088 Romania Gura Vedei - Șaica - Slobozia Map
BG0000254 Bulgaria Besaparski vazvishenia Map
ROSCI0172 Romania Pădurea și Valea Canaraua Fetii - Iortmac Map
PTCON0045 Portugal Sicó / Alvaiázere Map
ES4320080 Spain Tunel de Cañamero Map
ES6170011 Spain Sierra Blanca Map
BG0000322 Bulgaria Dragoman Map
BG0000610 Bulgaria Reka Yantra Map
ITB030032 Italy Stagno di Corru S'Ittiri Map
ES5233051 Spain Cova de les Meravelles de Llombai Map
ES5214004 Spain Cova Juliana Map
ES5234003 Spain Tunel del Carcalín-Buñol Map
ES4310071 Spain Mina los Castillejos Map
BG0000216 Bulgaria Emen Map
ES4310072 Spain Mina Mariquita Map
BG0000190 Bulgaria Vitata stena Map
BG0001001 Bulgaria Ropotamo Map
ES4230010 Spain Cueva de Los Morciguillos Map
ES4320052 Spain Mina de la Rivera de Acebo Map
ES4320079 Spain Mina la Paloma Map
ES6150026 Spain Mina Sotiel Coronada Map
ES6140003 Spain Sierra de Huétor Map
ES4320078 Spain Monasterio de Yuste Map
BG0000609 Bulgaria Reka Rositsa Map
BG0001032 Bulgaria Rodopi - Iztochni Map
ES6200015 Spain La Muela y Cabo Tiñoso Map
ES4310055 Spain Refugio de Sierra Pascuala Map
BG0000621 Bulgaria Ezero Shabla - Ezerets Map
PTCON0050 Portugal Cerro da Cabeça Map
ES6140008 Spain Sierra de Loja Map
BG0001031 Bulgaria Rodopi - Sredni Map
BG0000602 Bulgaria Kabiyuk Map
ES6170020 Spain Río Guadaiza Map
ES6120026 Spain Cueva de las Mesas de Algar Map
ES4320018 Spain Río Almonte Map
BG0000164 Bulgaria Sinite kamani Map
ES4110115 Spain Valle del Tiétar Map
ES6170023 Spain Yeso III, Higuerones IX y El Marrubio Map
BG0000589 Bulgaria Marina dupka Map
ES4320070 Spain Río Guadalupejo Map
BG0001042 Bulgaria Iskarski prolom - Rzhana Map
ES6200026 Spain Sierra de Ricote-La Navela Map
ITB021103 Italy Monti del Gennargentu Map
BG0000168 Bulgaria Ludogorie Map
BG0000340 Bulgaria Tsar Petrovo Map
ES5310048 Spain Cova de sa Guitarreta Map
ITB032228 Italy Is Arenas Map
ROSCI0191 Romania Peștera Limanu Map
ES4250005 Spain Montes de Toledo Map
BG0000498 Bulgaria Vidbol Map
ES5233050 Spain Cova de la Moneda-Cotes Map
BG0000192 Bulgaria Reka Tundzha 1 Map
ES4310066 Spain Sierra de Maria Andres Map
ES4310070 Spain Mina las Marias Map
ES4320035 Spain Sierra de Cabezas de Aguila Map
ES5234006 Spain Cova de les Meravelles d'Alzira Map
ES6180015 Spain Mina El Abrevadero Map
ROSCI0157 Romania Pădurea Hagieni - Cotul Văii Map
ROSCI0215 Romania Recifii Jurasici Cheia Map
BG0000501 Bulgaria Golyama Kamchia Map
BG0000218 Bulgaria Derventski vazvishenia 1 Map
BG0000103 Bulgaria Galata Map
BG0000102 Bulgaria Dolinata na reka Batova Map
BG0001493 Bulgaria Tsentralen Balkan - bufer Map
BG0000573 Bulgaria Kompleks Kaliakra Map
ES0000446 Spain Desert de les Palmes (ZEPA) Map
ES0000471 Spain l'Albufera (ZEPA) Map
ES0000466 Spain Penyagolosa (ZEPA) Map
ES0000474 Spain Serres de Mariola i el Carrascal de la Font Roja (ZEPA) Map
ES0000458 Spain Maigmó i Serres de la Foia de Castalla (ZEPA) Map
ES4320001 Spain Canchos de Ramiro Map
PTZPE0055 Portugal Évora Map
ES5310127 Spain Costa Brava de Tramuntana Map
ES5310125 Spain Albufera de Mallorca Map
ITB012212 Italy Sa Rocca Ulari Map
ITB032240 Italy Castello di Medusa Map
ITB012213 Italy Grotta de Su Coloru Map

Protected sites

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Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora - consolidated version 01/01/2007 (EU Habitats Directive)
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) (All species of Microchiroptera except Pipistrellus pipistrellus)

Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention lists the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures [and the designation of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCIs) forming for the Emerald network]
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention) (Migratory species of Rhinolophidae)
Agreement on the conservation of Populations of European Bats. Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (EUROBATS)


Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Ferro di cavallo di Mehely Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Liliacul-lui-Méhely Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Meheli sagarnina Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Meheljev potkovnjak Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mehely's hoefijzerneus Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mehely's horseshoe bat English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mehely-Hufeisennase German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mehely-Huffeisennues Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Méhely-patkósdenevér Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mehelyhesteskonese Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mehelyjev podkovnjak Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mehelynhevosenkenkäyökkö Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mehelys hästskonäsa Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mehelys hesteskonæse Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Morcego-de-ferradura-mourisco Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Murciélago mediano de herradura Spanish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Murciélago mediano de herredura Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rhinolophe de Mehely French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Rhinolophus carpetanus Cabrera, 1904
Rhinolophus euryale tuneti Deleuil & Labbe, 1955
Rhinolophus euryale tunetae Deleuil & Labbe, 1955

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

European Environment Agency (EEA)
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