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Alcalde, J., Jiménez, M., Brila, I., Vintulis, V., Voigt, C. & Pētersons, G. (2021). Transcontinental 2200 km migration of a Nathusius’ pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii) across Europe. Mammalia, 85(2), 161-163.

Transcontinental 2200 km migration of a Nathusius’ pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii) across Europe

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Author: Alcalde, Juan Tomás1; Jiménez, Montserrat2; Brila, Ilze3,4;
Organizations: 1Departamento de Zoología y Antropología Física, Spanish Association for Bat Conservation and Research) (SECEMU, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Campus Universitario, Ctra. N-II, km 33,6, 28871 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
2Interpretation Center of Pitillas Lagoon – Bird observatory, Ctra. NA-5330 Pitillas, Navarre, Spain
3Ecology and Genetics Research Unit, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
4Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä, 40014 Jyväskylä, Finland
5Institute of Biology, University of Latvia, Miera str. 3, LV 2169 Salaspils, Latvia
6Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, K. Helmana street 8, LV 3004 Jelgava, Latvia
7Department of Evolutionary Ecology, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Alfred-Kowalke-Str. 17, 10315 Berlin, Germany
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: De Gruyter, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-21


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.

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Series: Mammalia
ISSN: 0025-1461
ISSN-E: 1864-1547
ISSN-L: 0025-1461
Volume: 85
Issue: 2
Pages: 161 - 163
DOI: 10.1515/mammalia-2020-0069
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Funding: Part of this project has been funded by the Leibniz competitive fund (Leibniz Institute für r Zoo-und Wildtierforschung K101/2018) to C.C.V.
Copyright information: © 2020 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.