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Chinese Striped Hamster
Cricetulus-barabensis2
Information
Common Name Striped Dwarf Hamster
Range northern Asia, from southern Siberia through Mongolia and northeastern China to northern North Korea.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Rodentia
Family Cricetidae
Genus Cricetulus
Species Cricetulus barabensis
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Chinese striped hamster (Cricetulus barabensis), also known as the striped dwarf hamster, is a species of ratlike hamster. It is distributed across northern Asia, from southern Siberia through Mongolia and northeastern China to northern North Korea. An adult Chinese striped hamster weighs 16.7-31.0g, and has a body length of 74.2-103.6 mm with a tail of 21-36 mm. It is smaller and has a much shorter tail than the greater long-tailed hamster (Tscherskia triton), which inhabits much of the same range.

Latin Nomenclature[]

There is quite some confusion over the Latin name of the Chinese striped hamster and the closely related Chinese hamster (Cricetulus griseus). and the Chinese striped hamster different species, whereas others classify them as identical, the Chinese striped hamster as a subspecies of the Chinese hamster (in which case the Latin name of the Chinese striped hamster would be Cricetulus griseus barabensis) or the other way round (in which case the Latin name of the Chinese hamster would be Cricetulus barabensis griseus).

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