Gaoligong forest hedgehog

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The Gaoligong forest hedgehog (Mesechinus wangi) or Wang's forest hedgehog is a species of hedgehog in the family Erinaceidae found only in China. It is endemic to the slopes of Mt. Gaoligong in the Yunnan Province, where it lives in subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forest at elevations between 2200 m and 2680 m. This distribution is disjunct from that of the other species in this genus.

Gaoligong forest hedgehog
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Erinaceidae
Genus: Mesechinus
Species:
M. wangi
Binomial name
Mesechinus wangi
He, Jiang & Ai, 2018

M. wang can be distinguished from other species in the genus by its spine color patterns, the broad nasal region, and the presence of M4 teeth. It hibernates between mid-October and early April. While the population size has not yet been quantified, it is likely very small as the species has only been found in the Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ai, H. S.; He, K.; Chen, Z. Z.; Li, J. Q.; Wan, T.; Li, Q. & Jiang, X. L. (2018). "Taxonomic revision of the genus Mesechinus (Mammalia: Erinaceidae) with description of a new species". Zoological Research. 39 (5): 335–347. doi:10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2018.034. ISSN 2095-8137. PMC 6102679. PMID 29695683.