Cricetus


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Cricetus

(kri-sē'tŭs),
One of four genera of hamsters; Cricetus cricetus is used extensively as a research animal.

Cricetus

small brown rodent with black underbelly. Nocturnal, burrower, hoarder, brief gestation period (15-16 days) and possesses a pair of capacious cheek pouches. Popular as a research animal and as a pet. Includes Cricetus cricetus (common hamster), C. griseus (Chinese hamster) and Mesocricetus auratus (golden or Syrian hamster).
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2000: Colour variation in the common hamster Cricetus cricetus in the north-eastern foot-hills of the Harz Mountains.
1935: Systematic peculiarities of the hamster (Cricetus cricetus L.
1975: Postnatal development of the common hamster Cricetus cricetus (L.
The subfamily Cricetinae is currently composed of seven genera: Allocricetulus, Cansumys, Cricetulus, Cricetus, Mesocricetus, Phodopus, and Tscherskia, with a total of eighteen species (Musser and Carleton 2005).
Most notable was the formation of a clade consisting of Tscherskia triton, Cricetulus migratorius, Cricetus cricetus, and Allocricetulus eversmanni that branches off from a clade consisting of other Cricetulus species.
2010: Population structure, colonization processes and barriers for dispersal in the common hamster Cricetus cricetus (L.
2011a: Genetic variability and differentiation in the Polish common hamster (Cricetus cricetus L.