Overview

Distribution

Range Description

The species is known only from the foothills and the crest of the Cordillera Oriental of Colombia, the disjunct Serrania de la Macarena, and from western and northern Venezuela. The known range of this species in Venezuela includes the foothills of the Serrania de Perija, the lowlands of the western Maracaibo Basin, the Cordillera de Merida, and the Cordillera de la Costa (Voss and de Silva, 2001). It has an altitudinal range of 54 to 2,600 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The species inhabits lowland rainforest, but at higher elevations the typical habitat is probably cloud forest (Voss and de Silva, 2001). To the best of our knowledge, no specimens have been taken in unforested (e.g., savanna or paramo) landscapes. In a freshly dissected specimen the stomach was full of brownish paste, possibly consisting of chewed bark; no insect parts, seeds, or other identifiable food fragments were observed (Voss and da Silva, 2001).

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
Delgado, C. & Gómez-Laverde, M.

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

Contributor/s

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
It is apparently rare, known only from a few specimens; however, like other species of porcupine, the species could be just difficult to record.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
The species is threatened in parts of its range by deforestation.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species occurs in some protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Frosted hairy dwarf porcupine

The frosted hairy dwarf porcupine, Sphiggurus pruinosus, is a porcupine species in the family Erethizontidae.[2] It is endemic to Colombia and northern and eastern Venezuela. The species lives in lowland tropical rainforest and cloud forest at elevations from 50 to 2,600 meters (160 to 8,500 ft).[1] Its karyotype has 2n = 42 and FN = 76.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Delgado, C. & Gómez-Laverde, M. (2008). Sphiggurus pruinosus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 1 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b 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. p. 1549. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
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