Mouselike Hamster

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Mouselike Hamster

 

(Calomyscus bailwardi), a mammal of the family Cricetinae of the order Rodentia. The sandy yellow body is up to 8.5 cm long. The tail is longer that the body and is sparsely tufted at its tip, the hind legs are longer than the front ones, and there are no cheek pouches. These characteristics distinguish the mouselike hamster from other species of hamster encountered in the USSR. This hamster is found in Iran and in the mountains of southwestern Turkmenia and southern Transcaucasia.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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