Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs from southeastern Venezuela to northern Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana (Voss et al., 2001).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This porcupine inhabits primary and secondary forest in French Guyana. It is a nocturnal and arboreal species which occurs mainly in the canopy (Y. Leite pers. comm.). It is frugivourous as well as feeding on ant pupae and cultivated vegetables and roots.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Catzeflis, F. & Langguth, A.

Reviewer/s
Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

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Justification
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
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Population

Population
This species is not rare, but cryptic (Voss et al., 2001).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
The species is hunted locally, but not at levels considered to cause a major threat.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This rodent has not been collected in any protected areas, but is likely to occur in some throughout its range.
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Wikipedia

Black-tailed hairy dwarf porcupine

The black-tailed hairy dwarf porcupine, Sphiggurus melanurus, is a South American porcupine species from the family Erethizontidae.[2] It is found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catzeflis, F. & Langguth, A. (2008). Sphiggurus melanurus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  2. ^ Woods, C. A.; Kilpatrick, C. W. (2005). "Infraorder Hystricognathi". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 1538–1600. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
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