Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Hystricidae

Scientific Name: Hystrix indica
Species Authority: Kerr, 1792
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Indian Crested Porcupine

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Amori, G., Hutterer, R., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Palomo, L.J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
A very widespread species with no major threats, hence is assessed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded in Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean through southwest and central Asia (including Afghanistan and Turkmenistan) to Pakistan, India, Nepal, China and Sri Lanka. In the Himalayan mountains they reach altitudes of up to 2400 meters (Gurung and Singh 1996).
Countries occurrence:
Afghanistan; Armenia (Armenia); Azerbaijan; China; Georgia; India; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Nepal; Pakistan; Saudi Arabia; Sri Lanka; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Yemen
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2400
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Population [top]

Population: A very widespread species. Status varies in different parts of the range, but in at least parts of the range it is common enough to be considered a pest.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has a broad habitat tolerance, occupying rocky hillsides, tropical and temperate shrubland, grasslands, forests, arable land, plantations, and gardens.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Porcupines are considered agricultural pests by locals who trap and use them for food (Qumsiyeh 1996).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is found in protected areas. No specific measures are in place or needed.

Citation: Amori, G., Hutterer, R., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Palomo, L.J. 2008. Hystrix indica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T10751A3213111. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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