Kuhl's pipistrelle

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Kuhl's pipistrelle
Pipistrellus kuhlii adult.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Pipistrellus
P. kuhlii
Binomial name
Pipistrellus kuhlii
Kuhl, 1817
Pipistrellus kuhlii range Map.png
Global range of P. kuhlii (red)

Vespertilio kuhlii Kuhl, 1817

Kuhl's pipistrelle (Pipistrellus kuhlii) is a species of vesper bat that lives over large areas of North Africa, southern Europe and Western Asia.[1] It can be found in temperate forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, temperate grassland, rural gardens, and urban areas.


Kuhl's pipistrelle was first named in 1817, under the name Vespertilio kuhlii, in a work by Heinrich Kuhl entitled Die deutschen Fledermäuse ("The bats of Germany").[2] The specific epithet was chosen by Johann Natterer, who had collected the first specimens, and commemorates Kuhl; under the rules of the ICZN, however, Kuhl himself is regarded as the authority, as the first to report the name.[3]

The population of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Sudan was formerly known as Pipistrellus deserti[4]. This taxon is now considered to be a junior synonym of Pipistrellus kuhlii[5]


  1. ^ a b Juste, J.; Paunović, M. (2016). "Pipistrellus kuhlii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T17314A22132946.
  2. ^ Heinrich Kuhl (1817). Die deutschen Fledermäuse [The bats of Germany] (in German). Hanau.
  3. ^ Charles Klaver (2007). Inseparable Friends in Life and Death: Heinrich Kuhl (1797–1821) and Johan Conrad Van Hasselt (1797–1823), Students of Prof. Theo Van Swinderen. Biografieën van Groningse hoogleraren. Barkhuis. p. 93. ISBN 9789077922316.
  4. ^ Benda, P. 2004. Pipistrellus deserti. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 July 2007.
  5. ^ Petr Benda; Tommy Andriollo; Manuel Ruedi (November 2015), "Systematic position and taxonomy of Pipistrellus deserti (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)", Mammalia, 79 (4): 419–438, doi:10.1515/MAMMALIA-2014-0024Wikidata Q37147763

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