Kuhl's pipistrelle

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Kuhl's pipistrelle
Pipistrellus kuhlii adult.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Pipistrellus
Species: P. kuhlii
Binomial name
Pipistrellus kuhlii
(Kuhl, 1817)
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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]


  1. ^ S. Aulagnier; J. Juste; A. Karataş; J. Palmeirim & M. Paunović (2008). "Pipistrellus kuhlii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  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. 

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