Desert pipistrelle

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Desert pipistrelle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Hypsugo
Species: H. ariel
Binomial name
Hypsugo ariel
(Thomas, 1904)
  • Pipistrellus ariel Thomas, 1904
  • Pipistrellus bodenheimeri Harrison, 1960

The desert pipistrelle (Hypsugo ariel) is a species of vesper bat in the genus Hypsugo. It is found in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Yemen. Some of the Arabian populations were previously regarded as a separate species, Hypsugo bodenheimeri, but the proposed differences between the two do not hold.[clarification needed] Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, rocky areas, and hot deserts.


  • Benda, P. 2004. Hypsugo ariel. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 July 2007.
  • Benda, P., Dietz, C., Andreas, M., Hotový, J., Lučan, R.K., Maltby, A., Meakin, K., Truscott, J. & Vallo, P. 2008. Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) of the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Part 6. Bats of Sinai (Egypt) with some taxonomic, ecological and echolocation data on that fauna. Acta Societatis Zoologicae Bohemicae 72:1-103.

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