B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Transcontinental 2200 km migration of a Nathusius’ pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii) across Europe (2021)

Alcalde, J. T., Jiménez, M., Brila, I., Vintulis, V., Voigt, C. C., & Pētersons, G. (2021). Transcontinental 2200 km migration of a Nathusius’ pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii) across Europe. Mammalia, 85(2), 161-163. https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2020-0069

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Alcalde, Juan Tomás; Jiménez, Montserrat; Brila, Ilze; Vintulis, Viesturs; Voigt, Christian C.; Pētersons, Gunārs

Journal or series: Mammalia

ISSN: 0025-1461

eISSN: 1864-1547

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 20/10/2020

Volume: 85

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 161-163

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH

Publication country: Germany

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2020-0069

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/74500

Additional information: Short note.


A male Pipistrellus nathusii ringed in Pape Natural Park (S Latvia) in August 2015 was recovered recently dead in Pitillas’ Lagoon Natural Reserve (N Spain) in March 2017. At 2224 km in SSW direction, this is the first documented bat migration between these countries and worldwide the longest migration record of a bat. We also report other observations of this species in autumn in Northern Spain, suggesting that the Iberian Peninsula may be an important wintering area for Nathusius’ pipistrelles. Conservation measures should be agreed on by countries along the migration routes to improve the protection of this species.

Keywords: animal migration; bats (mammals); Vespertilionidae; wintering

Free keywords: bats; animal migration; bat migration; Latvia; Spain; Pipistrellus nathusii

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

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