African brush-tailed porcupine

African brush-tailed porcupine

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Hystricognathi
Family : Hystricidae
Species : Atherurus africanus

 

Keywords: nocturnal , quill , tail

The African brush-tailed porcupine is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the African brushtailed porcupine
A young / baby of a African brushtailed porcupine is called a 'pup'. The females are called 'sow' and males 'boar'. A African brushtailed porcupine group is called a 'prickle or family'.
Some facts about the
Brush-tailed porcupine

Adult weight : 2.75 kg (6.05 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 23 years

Gestation : 106 days

Litter size : 2

Litters per year : 3

Weight at birth : 0.15 kg (0.33 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

Facts about the African brush-tailed porcupine

Ref Type: Journal Reprint: Not in File Abstract: The brush-tailed porcupine (Atherurus africanus) is a hystricomorph rodent, which frequents the forests of West and Central Africa.

The smaller, more slender African brush-tailed porcupine (Atherurus africanus) is found in isolated populations in northwestern Kenya.

Abstract: The brush-tailed porcupine (Atherurus africanus) is a hystricomorph rodent, which frequents the forests of West and Central Africa. (Full text)

The latter species, Atherurus africanus, is often hunted for its meat. (Wiki)

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