Pipistrellus (Hypsugo) savii (Bonaparte 1837) Savi's Pipistrelle
Hebrew name: עטלפון סאבי, atalefon savi
Global Threat: NE – Not Evaluated
Regional Threat: EN (B,C) – Endangered
Distribution area: In the 1990s the species was known from Mt. Hermon and its fringes (down to the Banyas). This is the southern limit of the broad global distribution of Savi's pipistrelle. In Europe the species has been classified as VU (Stebbings, 1988).
Historic distribution: Makin & Harrison (1988) reported one specimen from Kibbutz Elon (Western Galilee).
Typical Habitat: There is no information on where Savi's pipistrelle roosts in Israel. It forages over water bodies on Mt. Hermon and its fringes. In Europe it roosts in tree trunks, rock crevices and houses and feeds at the edges of alpine forests and meadows and in villages at altitudes above 2600 m (Macdonald & Barrett 1993).
Threat and Disturbance Factors: Insecticide use in agricultural areas.
Population Size: Israel is the southernmost limit of this species’ distribution area. Its distribution area in Israel is about 100 km2 and population size is estimated at a few hundred.
Fluctuations in Population Size: Unknown.
Isolation between Subpopulations: None.
Necessary Steps for Species Preservation:
1. Reducing insecticide use in agriculture.
2. Preserving clean water bodies.