Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Muridae > Genus: Cricetulus > Species: Cricetulus migratorius

Grey hamster - Cricetulus migratorius (Pallas, 1773)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Most preferred habitats
  • grassland
  • sparsely vegetated land
May also occur in
  • heathland and shrub
  • urban
Natura 2000 species code 5615

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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

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Chomiczek szary Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Cricetulo migratore Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Grå hamster Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gråhamster Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gråhamster Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Grey hamster English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gri hamster Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hallhamstrik Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hámster migrador Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamster migrateur French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hârciogul-pitic Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kääpiöhamsteri Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Szürke törpehörcsög Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Trekhamster Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Zwerghamster German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Mus migratorius Pallas, 1773
Mus accedula Pallas, 1779
Mus arenarius Pallas, 1773
Mus phaeus Pallas, 1779
Cricetus murinus Severtzov, 1876
Hypudaeus cinerascens Wagner, 1848
Cricetus isabellinus Filippi, 1865
Cricetus (Cricetulus) fulvus Blanford, 1875
Arvicola coerulescens Severtzov, 1879
Cricetulus atticus Nehring, 1902
Cricetulus falzfeini Matschie, 1918

Other resources

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External data

No external data sets available for this species
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