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How many hairs per square centimeter (or inch) do common pet hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus or Phodopus sungorus) have on average?

I thought this would be easy to find by googling, but the best I've been able to find is this 1986 article, which isn't very clear in answering the question.

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According to Paul et al. (2007), shaved fur patches of male Siberian and Syrian hamsters had a mass of about 12 mg/cm2 dorsally and 3 mg/cm2 ventrally.

This search give me the page.

Fig 1, Paul et al. (2007)

Fig 1 from Paul et al. (2007) compares mass of fur growth across time for 2 groups exposed to differing lengths of daylight (long, LD, and short, SD) to examine winter fur adaptation.


Paul, M.J., George, N.T., Zucker, I. and Butler, M.P., 2007. Photoperiodic and hormonal influences on fur density and regrowth in two hamster species. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 293(6), pp.R2363-R2369.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, but it looks like the results are in mass of hair per cm^2. It would help if I had data for what was the mass of 1 hair (or 1,000 hairs), but unfortunately, I don't have such data. $\endgroup$ – Enivid Nov 28 '20 at 13:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Enivid calculating the mass of a single hair is less time consuming than counting all the hairs, and it's certainly something you could try yourself to add such info to this post. Any secondary or post-secondary school will have a balance that I'm sure they'd let you use. I'd recommend a digital model $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Nov 28 '20 at 16:08

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