Northern White-breasted Hedgehog, Erinaceus roumanicus

The northern white-breasted hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus) can be found from Poland, the former Yugoslavia, and Austria to the Adriatic Islands and Greece in the south. Its eastern range includes Russia, Ukraine, and Siberia, with the range stopping at the Ob River in this area.

The northern white-breasted hedgehog was previously thought to be subspecies of E. europaeus and E. concolor, but this was disproved in the 1990’s. The genetic studies that gave this species its distinct species also helped experts in classifying its five subspecies.  There appear to be no major threats to this species, and it is widespread in every area of its range, so it appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Erinaceus roumanicus (Northern White-breasted Hedgehog). Credit: Luhansk Oblast/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 3.0)