Mesocricetus raddei


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Mesocricetus raddei
Species Authority: (Nehring, 1894)
Common Name(s):
English Ciscaucasian Hamster
Cricetus nigricans Nehring, 1894 subspecies raddei
Mesocricetus nigriculus Nehring, 1898

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Tsytsulina, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Abundant, with stable population trend. Important crop pest.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Russia, dry steppes along the northern slopes of Caucasus from Dagestan to Don River and Sea of Azov. Known only from one record in Georgia.
Georgia; Russian Federation
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Population [top]

Population: Abundant, population is stable. Significant crop pest.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabits dry cereal and cereal and herb steppes, agricultural places, especially forest lines between fields. Avoids callows and real forests. Active mostly in dusk and night, but in spring and summer also diurnal. Makes deep burrows with one ore several exits. Hibernates from 4 to 6 months depending on the altitude and winter temperatures. In spring and beginning of summer feeds on green herbal parts, in autumn switches to seeds, beens, and root vegetables. Makes supplies for winter up to 16 kg. In mountains reproduces usually twice a year, in lowlands 3-4 times per year. Litter size is 4 to 24 young, 12 on average.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats. Important agricultural pest.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Doesn't require any conservation measures.

Citation: Tsytsulina, K. 2008. Mesocricetus raddei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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