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Erinaceus roumanicus Barrett-Hamilton, 1900

Synonym
  • Erinaceus danubicus Matschie, 1901
  • Erinaceus abasgicus Satunin, 1907
  • Erinaceus kievensis Charlemagne, 1915
  • Erinaceus dissimilis Stein, 1930
Vernacular Name
Northern White-breasted Hedgehog
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Conservation status
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Formerly included in europaeus, but see Suchentrunk et al. (1998), among others. Subsequently included in concolor, but genetic and morphological data suggest that concolor and roumanicus are two distinct species with parapatric distributions. Erinaceus roumanicus has a global distribution extending from central and eastern Europe, the Baltic and the Balkan peninsula eastwards through Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia, reaching as far as western Siberia. In the south, its range extends as far as the northern Caucasus and the island of Crete. It is recorded from sea level to at least 1,400 m (Lapini 1999). Within the Mediterranean region, it ranges from Italy and Slovenia, through the Balkan peninsula (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, European Turkey) and extending south into the Near East Anatolian Turkey. E. roumanicus is locally common in at least some areas (Lapini 1999). It is considered common in Greece. There is no evidence to suggest a population decline. The northern white-breasted hedgehog inhabits farmland, parks and gardens in rural and urban areas, scrubby habitats at the edge of forests, and shrubby vegetation. Like its congener E. europaeus, it is more abundant in artificial than in natural habitats (Lapini 1999).
Book reference
  • Котенко Т.И., Ардамацкая Т.Б., Дубина Д.В. и др. Биоразнообразие Джарылгача: современное состояние и пути сохранения // Вісник зоології. – 2000. – Спец. випуск. – 240 с.
  • Літопис природи. Природний заповідник «Медобори». 2018, т.26. – Гримайлів, 2019. – 509 с.
  • Татаринов К. А. Звірі західних областей України (матеріали до вивчення фауни Української РСР). - Київ: Вид-во АН УРСР, 1956. - 188 с.
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Biota
Eukaryota
Animalia
Eumetazoa
Chordata
Gnathostomata
Mammalia
Soriciformes
Erinaceidae