Phodopus sungorus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Phodopus sungorus (Pallas, 1773)
Common Name(s):
English Dzhungarian Hamster
Taxonomic Notes: Will be transferred to family Cricetidae.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-18
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Tsytsulina, K.
A widespread species with no known major threats, hence listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Distributed in dry steppes and semi-deserts of SW Siberia, E Kazakhstan, and in one isolated area in Khakassia (Russia).
Countries occurrence:
Kazakhstan; Russian Federation
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:Precise data are unavailable. Population size fluctuations are significant. In some areas it is abundant, it is also a crop pest.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Inhabits dry plane and mountain steppes, including sandy, solty and rubbly ones. Solitary. Burrows have multiple passages with one or two cells. Wintering nest can be up to 1 m below the ground. Often uses other rodents' burrows, sometimes lives very close to other species. Does not hibernate. Feeds on seeds, insects and larvae. In winter accumulates a large amount of hypodermic fat that helps them to survive freezing temperatures. Reproduce during warm time of the year, sometimes in winter too. From April to September has 5-6 litters (in Kazakhstan), with 4-11 young in each. Young start to reproduce when their weight is about 20 g.
Generation Length (years):1

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species are not known. Habitat degradation may decrease the area of occupancy.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Species occurs in some protected areas.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Phodopus sungorus (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T17037A115139908. . Downloaded on 16 October 2018.
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