Greater long-tailed hamster

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Greater long-tailed hamster
Temporal range: Late Pliocene to Recent
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Cricetinae
Genus: Tscherskia
Ognev, 1914
T. triton
Binomial name
Tscherskia triton
(De Winton, 1899)

The greater long-tailed hamster (Tscherskia triton) is a major crop-eating rodent that resides in Northern China. It is the only member of the genus Tscherskia. Some authorities maintain that the 15th gua of the Yi Jing (I Ching) refers repeatedly to this animal. The animal has been a major pest since ancient times and also has a habit of standing up on its rear legs and screaming loudly.


  1. ^ Tsytsulina, K. (2008). "Tscherskia triton". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 14 Jule 2009. Check date values in: |access-date= (help) Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.