The distribution, morphology, and karyology of the genus Mesocricetus (Mammalia : Rodentia) in Turkey

Yigit N., Colak E., Sozen M., Ozkurt S., Verimli R.

FOLIA ZOOLOGICA, vol.49, no.3, pp.167-174, 2000 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Title of Journal : FOLIA ZOOLOGICA
  • Page Numbers: pp.167-174
  • Keywords: Mesocricetus auratus, Mesocricetus brandti, taxonomy, Turkey


In this study, Mesocricetus auratus is reported from one locality and Mesocricetus brandti from fifteen localities in Asiatic Turkey. The shape of the posterior margin of the palatine distinguishes M. auratus from M. brandti. The karyotype of M. auratus consists of 2n = 44, NF = 82 and NFa = 78. The diploid number of chromosomes was found to be 42 for M. brandti, with two different fundamental numbers, NF = 84, NFa = 80 and NF = 82, NFa = 78.