Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Carnivora > Family: Mustelidae > Genus: Mustela > Species: Mustela erminea > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Mustela erminea aestiva Kerr, 1792 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Mustela erminea erminea Linnaeus, 1758 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Mustela erminea hibernica (Thomas & Barrett-Hamilton, 1895) Fauna Europaea (2005)
Mustela erminea minima (Cavazza, 1912) Fauna Europaea (2005)
Mustela erminea ferghanae Linnaeus, 1758 CITES (2006)

Stoat - Mustela erminea Linnaeus, 1758

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
  • rivers and lakes
  • urban
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 2632


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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

Not available

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
Arminho Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Armiño Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ermellin Maltese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ermellino Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ermin Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gronostaj Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Grousst Wisel Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hermelijn Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hermelin Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hermelin German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hermelin Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hermelin Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hermelin Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hermine French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hranostaj Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hreysiköttur Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kärp Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kärppä Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lækat Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nuselalja e bores Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Røyskatt Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sermulis Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Stoat English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Zerdav Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Faetorius erminea Blasius, 1857
Putorius erminea Coues, 1877
Putorius (Ictis) ermineus Trouessart, 1910
Putorius hibernicus Thomas & Barrett-Hamilton, 1895
Putorius algiricus Thomas, 1895
Putorius ermineus ferghanae Thomas, 1895
Mustela whiteheadi Wroughton, 1908
Putorius arcticus Merriam, 1896
Mustela lymani Hollister, 1912
Mustela nippon Cabrera, 1913
Mustela kanei Allen, 1914
Mustela anguinae Hall, 1932
Mustela audax Barret-Hamilton, 1904
Mustela bangsi Hall, 1945

Other resources

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PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
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External data

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