Northern white-breasted hedgehog

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Northern white-breasted hedgehog[1]
Erinaceus roumanicus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Erinaceidae
Genus: Erinaceus
Species: E. roumanicus
Binomial name
Erinaceus roumanicus[3]
Range Erinaceus concolor and Erinaceus roumanicus.png
Range of the northern white-breasted hedgehog (blue)

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

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.[1] It is widespread throughout this range, and there are no signs of a significant population decline.[2]

Taxonomically, it was for a time considered to be a subspecies of E. europaeus, and later a subspecies of E. concolor. Since the 1990s, it has been considered a separate species in its own right, following new genetic and morphological studies, with five subspecies - E. roumanicus roumanicus, E. roumanicus bolkayi, E. roumanicus drozdovskii, E. roumanicus nesiotes, and E. roumanicus pallidus.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b Insectivore Specialist Group (1996). "Erinaceus roumanicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2009-04-07.  Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
  3. ^ Note that this is sometimes given as Erinaceus romanicus