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
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
Natura 2000 species code 1339


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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
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
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
NOBANIS: Cricetus cricetus European Network on Invasive Alien Species
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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