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Northern White-breasted Hedgehog
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Information
Range west as far as Poland, Austria and the former Yugoslavia, and south to Greece and the Adriatic Islands, including populations on Crete, Corfu and Rhodes. It is found eastwards through Russia and Ukraine, as far east as the Ob River in Siberia.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Eulipotyphla
Family Erinaceidae
Genus Erinaceus
Species Erinaceus roumanicus
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Northern white-breasted hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus), is a species of hedgehog.

Distribution[]

The range of the species extends in the west as far as Poland, Austria and the former Yugoslavia, and south to Greece and the Adriatic Islands, including populations on Crete, Corfu and Rhodes. It is found eastwards through Russia and Ukraine, as far east as the Ob River in Siberia. It is widespread throughout this range, and there are no signs of a significant population decline.

Taxonomy[]

Taxonomically, it was for a time considered to be a subspecies of Erinaceus europaeus, and later a subspecies of Erinaceus concolor. Since the 1990s, it has been considered a separate species in its own right, following new genetic and morphological studies, with five subspecies Erinaceus roumanicus roumanicus, Erinaceus roumanicus bolkayi, Erinaceus roumanicus drozdovskii, Erinaceus roumanicus nesiotes, and Erinaceus roumanicus pallidus.

In popular culture[]

Shadow the Hedgehog is an anthropomorphic artificial extraterrestrial Northern white breasted hedgehog that is a major character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, he was created by Takashi Iizuka and Shiro Maekawa, and debuted in the series' 2001 installment Sonic Adventure 2. Although this was intended to be his only appearance, Shadow proved so popular among fans that developer Sonic Team decided to include him in 2003's Sonic Heroes. Shadow has since featured in numerous entries in the franchise, including a self-titled spin-off game in 2005. He also appears in Sonic television adaptations, comics, and merchandise.

Within the Sonic franchise's fictional universe, Shadow is an immortal, anthropomorphic black hedgehog created by Professor Gerald Robotnik, the grandfather of series antagonist Doctor Eggman. After witnessing the murder of his best friend Maria, Shadow vows to keep his promise to her that he would protect the world from danger. As an antihero, Shadow has good intentions but will do whatever it takes to accomplish his goals, putting him at odds with series protagonist Sonic the Hedgehog. Shadow shares many attributes with Sonic and thus controls similarly in games, but is distinguished by his uses of vehicles and firearms.

The idea for Shadow originated during the development of the original Sonic Adventure in 1998, with Iizuka and Maekawa ensuring he would be a subtle, "cool" character players could care about. His design was influenced by films such as Underworld, Constantine, and Terminator. Although Shadow is one of the series' most popular characters and was named one of the greatest video game characters by Guinness World Records in 2011, he has proven divisive among video game journalists. Some have praised his role in Sonic Adventure 2 and his levels' preservation of the Sonic theme, but others have criticized his dark and over-the-top characterization. The Shadow game sold well and received generally unfavorable reviews.

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