Iberian lynx Mammals of Spain - Reintroducion of Iberian lynx

Mammals of Spain

Mammals that you might see whilst on a walking or wildife holiday in Spain

The mammals of Spain vary from the better known Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) and Red Deer (Cervus elaphus hispanicus) to the last remaining numbers of the endangered Wolf (Canis lupus signatus) and Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) and further to the little known semi aquatic Pyrenean Desman (Galemys pyrenaicus).

There are well over 100 species of mammals in Iberia ranging from the tiny shrews to the enormous whales. There are species that live in high mountain zones such as Chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica), Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) and Mouflon a type of wild sheep (Ovis musimon) and at the opposite end of the scale, marine mammals such as Long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melaena), Bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) and Striped Dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba).

There is also a large bat population with 30 species of bats currently known to live in Iberia (see the full list below). The Greater Noctule Bat (Nyctalus lasiopterus) has recently been the subject of studies as it is thought to be preying on small migrating birds that fly through the area of Doñana National Park at night.

Watching bears wolves and lynx in Spain

The Wild Wolf Experience provide Iberian wolf, Iberian lynx and Cantabrian brown bear wildlife watching holidays. See more information about these holidays here. https://wildsideholidays.co.uk/wild-wolf-experience/

The below list of mammals in Spain is an ongoing project. Do you have any images we can use to improve the information pages?

  • Stone marten (Martes foina) Garduña
  • European pine marten – Martes martes – Marta
  • American mink – Neovison vison – Vison Americano
  • European polecat – Mustela putorius – Turón
  • European mink – Mustela lutreola – Vison europea
  • Stoat /Ermine – Mustela erminea – Armiño
  • Least weasel – Mustela nivalis – Comadreja
  • Alpine marmot – Marmota marmota – Marmota alpina
  • Common Racoon – Procyon lotor – Mapache boreal o Racuna
  • Barbary macaque – Macaca sylvanus – Macaco de berbera

Marine mammals of Spain

  • Common bottlenose dolphin or Atlantic bottlenose dolphinTursiops truncatus -Delfín mular
  • Striped dolphinStenella coeruleoalba – Delfín listado
  • Short-beaked common dolphinDelphinus delphis – Delfín común
  • Rough-toothed dolphinSteno bredanensis – Delfín de dientes rugosos
  • Atlantic spotted dolphinStenella frontalis – Delfín moteado Atlántico
  • Risso’s dolphin Grampus griseus – Calderón gris
  • False killer whale Pseudorca crassidens – Falsa orca
  • Killer whale Orcinus orca – Orca
  • Short-finned pilot whaleGlobicephala macrorhynchus – Calderón tropical
  • Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus – Rorcual común
  • Sei whaleBalaenoptera borealis -Rorcual norteño
  • Sperm whalePhyseter macrocephalus – Cachalote
  • Cuvier’s beaked whaleZiphius cavirostris – Zifio común

Bat species in Spain

  • Barbastella barbastellusBarbastelle – barbastela or murciélago de bosque
  • Eptesicus serotinusSerotine bat – murciélago hortelano
  • Hypsugo saviiSavi’s pipistrelle – murciélago montañero o de montaña
  • Miniopterus schreibersiSchreiber’s bat – murciélago de cueva
  • Myotis alcathoeAlcathoe bat – murciélago ratonero bigotudo pequeño
  • Myotis bechsteiniBechstein’s bat – murciélago ratonero forestal
  • Myotis blythiiLesser mouse-eared bat – murciélago ratonero mediano
  • Myotis capaccinii Long-fingered bat – murciélago ratonero patudo
  • Myotis daubentoniDaubenton’s bat – murciélago ratonero ribereño
  • Myotis emarginataGeoffroy’s bat – murciélago ratonero pardo
  • Myotis myotisGreater mouse-eared bat – murciélago ratonero grande
  • Myotis mystacinusWhiskered bat – murciélago ratonero bigotudo
  • Myotis nattereriNatterer’s bat – murciélago ratonero gris
  • Nyctalus lasiopterusGreater noctule – nóctulo grande
  • Nyctalus leisleriLeisler’s bat – nóctulo pequeño
  • Nyctalus noctulaNoctule (or great bat) – nóctulo mediano
  • Pipistrellus maderensisMadeira pipistrelle – murciélago de Madeira
  • Pipistrellus mediterraneusCommon pipistrelle – murciélago enano (or de Cabrera)
  • Pipistrellus pipistrellusPipistrelle or common bat – murciélago enano
  • Pipistrellus kuhliiKuhl’s pipistrelle – murciélago de borde claro
  • Pipistrellus pygmaeussoprano pipistrelle – murciélago de Cabrera
  • Plecotus auritusBrown long-eared bat – murciélago orejudo dorado
  • Plecotus austriacusGrey long-eared bat – murciélago orejudo gris
  • Plecotus teneriffae – Tenerife long-eared bat – murciélago orejudo canario
  • Plecotus macrobullarisAlpine long-eared bat or mountain long-eared bat – murciélago orejudo alpino
  • Rhinolophus euryaleMediterranean horseshoe bat – murciélago mediterráneo de herradura
  • Rhinolophus ferrumequinunGreater horseshoe bat – murciélago grande de herradura
  • Rhinolophus hipposideros Lesser horseshoe bat – murciélago pequeño de herradura
  • Rhinolophus mehelyi – Mehely’s horseshoe bat – murciélago mediano de herradura
  • Tadarida teniotisEuropean free-tailed bat – murciélago rabudo

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