There is quite some confusion over the Latin name of the Chinese hamster and the closely related Chinese Striped Hamster. Some people consider the Chinese hamster (Cricetulus griseus) and the Chinese striped hamster (Cricetulus barabensis) different species, whereas others classify them as identical, the Chinese striped hamster as a subspecies of the Chinese hamster (in which case the Latin name of the Chinese striped hamster would be Cricetulus griseus barabensis) or the other way round (in which case the Latin name of the Chinese hamster would be Cricetulus barabensis griseus).
- "Cricetulus," The NCBI taxonomy database.
- European Molecular Biology network. SRS db query re 'Chinese hamster'. Columbia University. Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
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- Russell Tofts, "The Chinese Hamster (Cricetulus barabensis)".