Mesocricetus

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Mesocricetus
Temporal range: Early Pliocene - Recent
Mesocricetus auratus (golden).jpg
Mesocricetus auratus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Cricetinae
Genus: Mesocricetus
Nehring, 1894
Species

Mesocricetus auratus
Mesocricetus brandti
Mesocricetus newtoni
Mesocricetus raddei

Mesocricetus is a genus of Old World hamsters, including the golden hamster or Syrian hamster, the first hamster to be introduced as a domestic pet and still the most popular species for that purpose.

Recent research has shown, unlike almost all other land mammals studied, two species of this genus (M. auratus and M. brandti) lack the capacity for colour vision.[1]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ (Williams and Jacobs, 2008).

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