Mesocricetus auratus (Waterhouse, 1839)

Golden hamster, Syrian hamster



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1879 or later

Rediscovered on 12 April 1930

IUCN status: Vulnerable



Syria (northern) and Turkey (southern)


Biology & Ecology










Demirsoy, A., Yigit, N., Colak, E., Sozen, M. and Karatas, A. 2006. Rodents of Turkiye. Meteksan, Ankara.

Gattermann, R., Fritzsche, P., Neumann, K., Al-Hussein, L., Kayser, A., Abiad, M. and Yakti, R. 2001. Notes on the current distribution and the ecology of wild golden hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus). Journal of Zoology (London) 254: 359-365.

Qumsiyeh, M.B. 1996. Mammals of the Holy Land. Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock.

Yigit, N. & Kryštufek, B. 2008. Mesocricetus auratus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13219A3421173. Downloaded on 12 March 2017.


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