Taxon profile

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African Brush-tailed Porcupine
Atherurus africanus Gray, 1842

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Rodentia - rodents »  family Hystricidae - old world porcupines »  genus Atherurus - Brush-tailed Porcupines

Scientific synonyms

Atherura africana

Least Concern


Intertaxon relationships

predator: Caracal aurata (Temminck, 1827) - African Golden Cat, Panthera pardus pardus (Linnaeus, 1758) - African Leopard

Included taxa

Number of records: 3

subspecies Atherurus africanus africanus (Gray, 1842)
subspecies Atherurus africanus centralis (Thomas, 1895)
subspecies Atherurus africanus turneri (St. Leger, 1932)

Links and literature

EN Wilson D. E., Reeder D. M. (editors) (2005): Mammal Species of the World (MSW). A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed) [] [as Atherurus africanus Gray, 1842]
Data retrieved on: 5 December 2008
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Atherurus africanus Gray, 1842]

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