Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Carnivora > Family: Mustelidae > Genus: Mustela > Species: Mustela putorius > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Mustela putorius mosquensis Heptner, 1966 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Mustela putorius putorius Linnaeus, 1758 Fauna Europaea (2005)

Western polecat - Mustela putorius Linnaeus, 1758

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Atlantic - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Black Sea - Unknown
Boreal - Favourable
Continental - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Mediterranean - Unknown
Pannonian - Favourable
Steppic - Unknown
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 1 other international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • urban
  • wetlands
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • heathland and shrub
Natura 2000 species code 1358


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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 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Bunzing Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dihor Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hilleri Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ilder Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ilder Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Iller Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Illir Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Juodasis šeškas Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kokarca Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Közönséges görény Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Metstuhkur Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Navadni dihur Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nemes Maltese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Putois d'Europe French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Puzzola Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Qelbesi Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sesks Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sténkert Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tchor tmavý Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tchórz zwyczajny Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Toirão Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tuhkur Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Turón Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tvor Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Waldiltis German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Western polecat English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Faetorius vulgaris Blasius, 1857
Mustela furo-putorius Link, 1797
Mustela iltis Boddaert, 1758
Putorius foetidus Gray, 1843
Putorius infectus Ogerien, 1863
Putorius putorius Linnaeus, 1758
Viverra foetens Thunberg, 1798
Putorius vulgaris Griffith, 1827
Faetorius putorius Blasius, 1857
Putorius (Mustela) putorius

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
NOBANIS: Mustela putorius European Network on Invasive Alien Species
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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