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Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Chiroptera > Family: Vespertilionidae > Genus: Eptesicus > Species: Eptesicus nilssonii

Northern bat - Eptesicus nilssonii (Keyserling & Blasius, 1839)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 4 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 1 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • heathland and shrub
  • sparsely vegetated land
  • urban
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • grassland
  • rivers and lakes
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 1313


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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
FI1400092 Finland Kvarnsjöskogen 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) (Eptesicus nilssoni) Not mentioned as such in the Directive but as higher taxon (genus, family or order)
(All species of Microchiroptera)
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) (All species of Microchiroptera except Pipistrellus pipistrellus)
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention) Synonym for this species is listed in Appendix II of the Bonn Convention (CMS). See there for more details.
(Migratory species of Vespertilionidae)
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
Északi késeidenevér Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Liliacul-nordic Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
mroczek pozlocisty Polish Polish NRC
Murciélago de huerta norteño Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Netopýr severní Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Noordse vleermuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nordflagermus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nordflaggermus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nordfledermaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nordisk fladdermus Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Northern bat English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Norðleðurblaka Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Põhja-nahkhiir Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Pohjanlepakko Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sérotine de Nilsson French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Serotino di Nilsson Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Severni netopir Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Šiaurinis šikšnys Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.

Other resources

Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS search 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
European Environment Agency (EEA)
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