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Frosted hairy dwarf porcupine

The frosted hairy dwarf porcupine, Coendou pruinosus, is a porcupine species in the family Erethizontidae[2] from Colombia and northern and eastern Venezuela. It was formerly sometimes assigned to Sphiggurus,[2] a genus no longer recognized since genetic studies showed it to be polyphyletic.[3] The species lives in lowland tropical rainforest and cloud forest at elevations from 50 to 2,600 meters (160 to 8,530 ft).[1] Its karyotype has 2n = 42 and FN = 76.[2] Its closest relative is the brown hairy dwarf porcupine (Coendou vestitus).[3]

Frosted hairy dwarf porcupine
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Erethizontidae
Genus: Coendou
C. pruinosus
Binomial name
Coendou pruinosus
(Thomas, 1905)


  1. ^ a b Delgado, C. (2016). "Coendou pruinosus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T136485A22213797. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T136485A22213797.en. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Woods, C.A.; Kilpatrick, C.W. (2005). "Infraorder Hystricognathi". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 1549. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  3. ^ a b Voss, R. S.; Hubbard, C.; Jansa, S. A. (February 2013). "Phylogenetic Relationships of New World Porcupines (Rodentia, Erethizontidae): Implications for Taxonomy, Morphological Evolution, and Biogeography" (PDF). American Museum Novitates. 3769 (3769): 1–36. doi:10.1206/3769.2.