Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Carnivora > Family: Mustelidae > Genus: Mustela > Species: Mustela nivalis > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Mustela nivalis nivalis Linnaeus, 1766 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Mustela nivalis rossica Abramov & Baryshnikov, 1999 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Mustela nivalis vulgaris Erxleben, 1777 Fauna Europaea (2005)

Weasel - Mustela nivalis Linnaeus, 1766

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • sparsely vegetated land
  • urban
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 2634


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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
Ballottra Maltese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Belette d'Europe French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Brud Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Comadreja Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Doninha Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Donnola Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Eurázsiai menyét Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gelincik Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Helghe Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Klengt Wisel Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lasica Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lumikko Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mala podlasica Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mauswiesel German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nirk Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nuselalja Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Småvessla Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Snævesla Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Snømus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Weasel English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Wezel Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Zebiekste Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Faetorius pusillus Fatio, 1869
Mustela gale Pallas, 1811
Mustela vulgaris Erxleben, 1777
Putorius nivalis Thomas, 1900
Mustela minor Nilsson, 1820
Putorius minutus Pomel, 1853
Foetorius pusillus Fatio, 1869
Mustela boccamela Bechstein, 1800
Putorius numidicus Pucheran, 1855
Mustela stoliczkana Blanford, 1877
Mustela punctata Domaniewski, 1926
Mustela russelliana Thomas, 1911
Mustela trettaui Kleinschmidt, 1937
Mustela tonkinensis Björkegren, 1942

Other resources

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

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