Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

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.
Countries occurrence:
Georgia; Russian Federation
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1600
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2300
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Population [top]

Population: Abundant, population is stable. Significant crop pest.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

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 2008: e.T13222A3421973. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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