Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Muridae > Genus: Cricetus > Species: Cricetus cricetus > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Cricetus cricetus cricetus (Linnaeus, 1758) Fauna Europaea (2005)
Cricetus cricetus canescens Nehring, 1899 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Cricetus cricetus latycranius Ognev, 1922 Fauna Europaea (2005)

Common hamster - Cricetus cricetus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Atlantic - Unfavourable-Bad
Continental - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Pannonian - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Steppic - Favourable
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 1 other international agreement
Reported as invasive by NOBANIS
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
Natura 2000 species code 1339

Distribution

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Vulnerable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Endangered
Extinct
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Chomik europejski Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Common hamster English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Criceto comune Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Feldhamster German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Grand hamster French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamster Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamster Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamster Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamster Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamster Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamster Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamster Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hámster común Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamsteri Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamstur Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hârciog Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Közönséges hörcsög Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Mus cricetus Linnaeus, 1758
Hamster nigricans Lacepède, 1779
Cricetus vulgaris Geoffroy, 1803
Cricetus frumentarius Pallas, 1811
Heliomys judii Gray, 1873

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

Reportnet deliveries

Files delivered through Reportnet with relevance to this species.

34 items found, displaying all items.1
Released Coverage Envelope File
2016-02-25 Germany Habitat Derogation 2013_2014 Habitat_2013_2014_GER.xml
2015-12-11 France France reporting Habitas Directive 2014 corrected files Alsace
2015-12-11 France France reporting Habitas Directive 2014 corrected files Auvergne
2015-12-11 France France reporting Habitas Directive 2014 corrected files Lorraine
2015-12-11 France France reporting Habitas Directive 2014 corrected files PACA
2015-11-18 Netherlands Habitats Directive Derogations 2013-2014 HD_derogations2013_2014_NL.xml
2015-10-09 Czech Republic Report according to Art. 16.2 of the Habitats Directive - CZ 2013-2014 Report according to Art. 16.2 of the Habitats Directive - CZ 2013-2014
2015-09-17 France FRANCE Rapport Complementaire art 16 Directive Habitat 92/43/CEE année 2012 Derog_HABITATS_2012_autorisations_ministerielles.xml
2015-02-24 Germany Habitat Derogation 2011_2012 Germany Habitat_2011_2012_GER.xml
2014-11-14 Slovenia Derogations 2013 Derogations 2013
2014-10-30 Poland National Report on Derogations under the Birds and Habitats Directives Habitats and Birds Derogations Report
2014-02-04 Netherlands Habitats Directive Derogations 2011-2012 Habitats Directive Derogations 2011 2012
2014-01-07 Hungary HU_Art_17_report_2013_second round_10_31 HU_species_report_art17
2014-01-04 Romania RO Art.17 2007-2012 Report from 31 December 2013 RO_species_reports.xml
2013-12-27 Bulgaria BG_habitats_report_2007-2012 Species reports
2013-12-17 Slovakia Art 17 report for the period 2007 - 2012 - second delivery SK_species_reports-131217-132945.xml
2013-12-09 Poland Habitats Directive Art. 17 Report PL_species_reports.xml
2013-11-20 Slovenia Report 2011-2012 derogations 2011 - 2012
2013-09-16 Belgium Second Release Art17 Belgium BE_species_reports-13916-154440.xml
2013-08-23 Czech Republic CZ_Rep_HDArt17_2013_2nd_submission:corrected CZ_species_reports.xml
2012-01-04 Belgium Derogations Belgium 2009 error Derogations Flanders BD & HD 2009
2011-11-11 Bulgaria Report Habitat Directive_2009-2010. Habitats_09-10.
2011-10-17 Poland National Report on Derogations under the Birds and Habitats Directives (2009-2010) habitat derogations
2010-12-10 Belgium Derogations Belgium 2007-2008 derogations2008_VL.xml
2008-04-10 Germany German national report Cricetus cricetus
2008-03-21 Slovenia Article 17 Report Cricetus cricetus
2008-03-17 Netherlands NL Report HR 2007 Cricetus cricetus
2008-03-04 Hungary delivery_report_art_17_HU Cricetus cricetus
2008-02-28 France rapport France Cricetus cricetus
2008-02-22 Austria Article 17 report Austria Species questionnaire for Cricetus cricetus
2008-02-22 Slovakia report under habitats directive Cricetus cricetus
2008-01-16 Belgium Natura 2000 habitat report Species questionnaire for Cricetus cricetus
2007-10-01 Czech Republic Species and Habitats Species questionnaire for Cricetus cricetus
2007-10-01 Poland Report on Implementation Measures Species questionnaire for Cricetus cricetus

Summary of derogations for species

EU member states are required to report derogations from protection efforts of species.

34 items found, displaying all items.1
Region From Until Justification Activity Impact
Sachsen-Anhalt 2014-09-02 2014-09-30 Fang und Umsiedlung der Tiere erst Ende 2015 abgeschlossen Fang bei fachgerechter Umsiedlung keine
Sachsen-Anhalt 2014-09-02 2014-09-30 Fang und Umsiedlung der Tiere erst Ende 2015 abgeschlossen Zerstörung von Ruhestätten bei fachgerechter Umsiedlung keine
Sachsen-Anhalt 2014-09-02 2014-09-30 Fang und Umsiedlung der Tiere erst Ende 2015 abgeschlossen Zerstörung von Fortpflanzungsstätten bei fachgerechter Umsiedlung keine
Niedersachsen 2014-08-28 2014-09-30 Vorhandene Exemplare zur Umsiedlung genehmigt Transport keine negative Beeinträchtigung aufgrund der Umsiedlung
Niedersachsen 2014-08-28 2014-09-30 Vorhandene Exemplare zur Umsiedlung genehmigt Fang keine negative Beeinträchtigung aufgrund der Umsiedlung
Niedersachsen 2014-08-28 2014-09-30 Vorhandene Exemplare zur Umsiedlung genehmigt Zerstörung von Ruhestätten keine negative Beeinträchtigung aufgrund der Umsiedlung
Niedersachsen 2014-08-28 2014-09-30 Vorhandene Exemplare zur Umsiedlung genehmigt Zerstörung von Fortpflanzungsstätten keine negative Beeinträchtigung aufgrund der Umsiedlung
Niedersachsen 2014-08-28 2014-09-30 Vorhandene Exemplare zur Umsiedlung genehmigt Umsiedlung keine negative Beeinträchtigung aufgrund der Umsiedlung
Gelderland 2014-05-15 2014-08-15 No information available Transport The national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected, neither is the local population, as long as the activities are carried out in accordance with the conditions and measures that are bound to the exemption.
Netherlands 2014-05-15 2014-08-15 No information available Transport The national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected, neither is the local population, as long as the activities are carried out in accordance with the conditions and measures that are bound to the exemption.
Jihozápad 2013-12-27 2018-12-31 V závislosti na počtu nálezů jednotlivých živočichů při realizaci bitopů pro obojživelníky Přeprava žádné
Jihozápad 2013-12-27 2018-12-31 V závislosti na počtu nálezů jednotlivých živočichů při realizaci bitopů pro obojživelníky Odchyt žádné
Limburg (NL) 2013-06-19 2018-06-18 No information available Capture The national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected, neither is the local population, as long as the activities are carried out in accordance with the conditions and measures that are bound to the exemption.
Limburg (NL) 2013-06-19 2018-06-18 No information available Transport The national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected, neither is the local population, as long as the activities are carried out in accordance with the conditions and measures that are bound to the exemption.
Rheinland-Pfalz 2012-11-20 2015-05-31 bei Genehmigung nicht absehbar Fang keine
Rheinland-Pfalz 2012-11-20 2015-05-31 bei Genehmigung nicht absehbar Hälterung keine
Poland 2012-06-01 2013-12-31 all individuals on this area Capture Lack of negative impact on population
Poland 2012-06-01 2013-12-31 all individuals on this area the movement in other places Lack of negative impact on population
Zachodniopomorskie 2012-06-01 2013-12-31 all individuals on this area Capture Lack of negative impact on population
Zachodniopomorskie 2012-06-01 2013-12-31 all individuals on this area the movement in other places Lack of negative impact on population
Slovenia 2010-06-23 2015-12-31 neomejeno število mrtvih živali je dovoljeno odvzeti iz narave Keeping of dead species ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-06-23 2015-12-31 neomejeno število mrtvih živali je dovoljeno odvzeti iz narave Keeping of dead species ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-27 2060-05-27 dovoljeno je odvzeti iz narave neomejeno število mrtvih živali Keeping of dead species ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-27 2060-05-27 dovoljeno je ujeti neomejeno število živali Capture ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-27 2060-05-27 dovoljeno je ujeti neomejeno število živali Deliberate disturbance ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-27 2060-05-27 dovoljeno je odvzeti iz narave neomejeno število mrtvih živali Keeping of dead species ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-27 2060-05-27 dovoljeno je ujeti neomejeno število živali Capture ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-27 2060-05-27 dovoljeno je ujeti neomejeno število živali Deliberate disturbance ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-12 2060-05-12 na leto je dovoljeno ujeti do največ 100 živih osebkov iz skupin netopirjev, žužkojedov in glodalcev Capture ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-12 2060-05-12 na leto je dovoljeno ujeti do največ 100 živih osebkov iz skupin netopirjev, žužkojedov in glodalcev Deliberate disturbance ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-12 2060-05-12 neomejeno število mrtvih živali je dovoljeno odvzeti iz narave Keeping of dead species ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-12 2060-05-12 na leto je dovoljeno ujeti do največ 100 živih osebkov iz skupin netopirjev, žužkojedov in glodalcev Capture ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-12 2060-05-12 na leto je dovoljeno ujeti do največ 100 živih osebkov iz skupin netopirjev, žužkojedov in glodalcev Deliberate disturbance ni vpliva na populacijo
Slovenia 2010-05-12 2060-05-12 neomejeno število mrtvih živali je dovoljeno odvzeti iz narave Keeping of dead species ni vpliva na populacijo
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