Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Carnivora > Family: Mustelidae > Genus: Meles > Species: Meles meles > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Meles meles arcalus Miller, 1907 Ellerman J R and Morrison-Scott T C S. (1966)
Meles meles rhodius Festa, 1914 Ellerman J R and Morrison-Scott T C S. (1966)
Meles meles leucurus Hodgson, 1847 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Meles meles meles (Linnaeus, 1758) Fauna Europaea (2005)

Badger - Meles meles (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Natura 2000 sites 1 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • heathland and shrub
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • grassland
  • urban
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 2631


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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

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

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
ES4210005 Spain Laguna de Los Ojos de Villaverde Map

Protected sites

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Legal status

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Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Badger English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Baldosa Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Barsukas Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Blaireau européen French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Borsuk Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Bursuc Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dachs German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Das Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Duess Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Eurázsiai borz Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Grävling Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Greifingi Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Grevling Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Grævling Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Jazavac Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Jazbec Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Jazvec lesný Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Jezevec lesní Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mäger Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mäyrä Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Porsuk Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tasso Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tejón Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Texugo Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vjedulla Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Ursus meles Linnaeus, 1758
Meles taxus Boddaert, 1785
Taxus vulgaris Tiedemann, 1808
Taxidea leucurus Hodgson, 1847
Meles schrenkii Nehring, 1891

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
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NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
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External data

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