Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs in Colombia, it is known only from two definite localities in the western foothills of the eastern Andean cordillera, about 60 km WNW of Bogotá at about 1,300 m asl (Voss and da Silva, 2001; Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This porcupine is nocturnal and arboreal. It feeds on leaves, shoots, and fruits. Nothing has apparently been recorded about the habitats or behavior of this species, but the natural vegetation at the two localities where specimens are definitely known to have been collected was probably lower montane moist forest (Voss and da Silva, 2001). The individual captured near to Villa de Lleyva was found in a fruit tree in a plantation (D. Perico pers. comm.).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Tirira, D., Boada, C., Weksler, M., Anderson, R.P. & 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 Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its status and ecological requirements.

History
  • 1996
    Vulnerable
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Population

Population
It is known from only a few individuals (Voss and da Silva, 2001). The species has been recently captured, identified from photographic evidence (D. Perico pers. comm.). Prior to this no specimens of this species had been recorded since 1925, and it was thought that the species may have been extirpated from its known range (Voss and da Silva, 2001). They are difficult to survey.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Unfortunately, habitat destruction is virtually complete in this part of Colombia, and it is possible that the species has been extirpated (Voss and da Silva, 2001).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Further surveys are needed in distribution, threats, status and ecological requirements.
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Wikipedia

Brown hairy dwarf porcupine

The brown hairy dwarf porcupine (Sphiggurus vestitus) is a species of rodent in the family Erethizontidae.[2] It is found in Colombia and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tirira, D., Boada, C., Weksler, M., Anderson, R. P. & Gómez-Laverde, M. (2008). Sphiggurus vestitus. 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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