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SPECIES Pipistrellus (Pipistrellus) pipistrellus

Author:Schreber, 1774.
Citation:Die Säugethiere, 1: 167.
Common Name:Common Pipistrelle
Type Locality:France.
Distribution:British Isles, S Denmark, and W Europe to the Volga and Caucasus; Morocco; Greece, Turkey, Israel and Lebanon to Afghanistan, Kashmir, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Burma, Sinkiang (China). Perhaps Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
Status:IUCN 2003 and IUCN/SSC Action Plan (2001) – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Pipistrellus. A cryptic species previously confused with pipistrellus was recently identified based on echolocation call frequency and DNA sequence divergence; this taxon has been given the name pygmaeus Leach, 1825, see Jones and van Parijs (1993), Barratt et al. (1995, 1997), Jones and Barratt (1999), Häussler et al. (2000), Russo and Jones (2000), and Sendor et al. (2002). The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (2003b) placed both pipistrellus and pygmaeus on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology, and designated neotypes for both species to prevent future confusion of these taxa. Includes aladdin; see Corbet (1978c) and Bates and Harrison (1997). Does not include mediterraneus, which is a synonym of pygmaeus; see Jones and Barratt (1999) and Häussler et al. (2000). Some of the synonyms listed above may actually represent pygmaeus; they are retained here pending reexamination. See Jones (1997) and Mayer and Helversen (2001b) for geographic range in Europe and Harrison and Bates (1991) for the Middle East.


SUBSPECIES pipistrellus



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