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Institute of Zoology – Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku

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Key Personnel

Dr. Nijat Hasanov, Mammalogist

Through the ‘Bats & Coronaviruses’ project, Dr. Nijat Hasanov and his team from the Institute of Zoology – Azerbaijan National Academy Sciences collaborate with WAB-Net partners to characterize the diversity of bats and bat-borne coronaviruses (CoVs) in Azerbaijan, and test key hypotheses about bat-borne zoonotic virus emergence risk within Western Asia. As part of this project, Dr. Hasanov and his team have received training in best practices for bat sampling and biosafety (for additional details, see our discussion of ‘Field Training’ here), and are actively capturing bats and collecting non-lethal diagnostic samples at multiple sites in Azerbaijan. As a mammalogist, Dr. Hasanov serves as an invaluable member of WAB-Net, and is able to leverage his expertise on bats to improve field sampling efforts and our understanding of bat species native to Azerbaijan.

Bats of Azerbaijan: (32 species)

  • Miniopterus pallidus (NE)
  • Tadarida teniotis (LC)
  • Rhinolophus blasii (LC)
  • Rhinolophus euryale (NT)
  • Rhinolophus ferrumequinum (LC)
  • Rhinolophus hipposideros (LC)
  • Rhinolophus mehelyi (VU)
  • Barbastella barbastellus (NT)
  • Barbastella caspica (LC)
  • Eptesicus bottae (LC)
  • Eptesicus nilssonii (LC)
  • Eptesicus serotinus (LC)
  • Hypsugo savii (LC)
  • Myotis alcathoe (DD)
  • Myotis bechsteinii (NT)
  • Myotis blythii (LC)
  • Myotis davidii (LC)
  • Myotis daubentonii (LC)
  • Myotis emarginatus (LC)
  • Myotis mystacinus (LC)
  • Myotis nattereri* (LC)
  • Myotis schaubi* (DD)

  • Nyctalus lasiopterus (LC)
  • Nyctalus leisleri (LC)
  • Nyctalus noctula (LC)
  • Pipistrellus kuhlii (LC)
  • Pipistrellus nathusii (LC)
  • Pipistrellus pipistrellus (LC)
  • Pipistrellus pygmaeus (LC)
  • Plecotus auritus (LC)
  • Plecotus macrobullaris (LC)
  • Vespertilio murinus (LC)

Species occurrence & conservation status based on IUCN Red List, and updated by Dr. Nijat Hasanov.

* undergoing taxonomic revision