Coendou mexicanus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Erethizontidae

Scientific Name: Coendou mexicanus Kerr, 1792
Common Name(s):
English Mexican Hairy Dwarf Porcupine, Mexican Tree Porcupine
French Porc-épic Préhensile
Sphiggurus mexicanus (Kerr, 1792)
Taxonomic Source(s): Voss, R.S. 2015. Family Erethizontidae Bonaparte, 1845. In: Patton, J.L., Pardiñas, U.F.J. and D'Elía, G. (eds), Mammals of South America, pp. 786-805. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
Taxonomic Notes: Also known as Coendou mexicanus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-06-10
Assessor(s): Vázquez, E., Reid, F. & Cuarón, A.D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Pino, J.
This species is listed as Least Concern because it occurs in several protected areas, has a large elevational and geographical range, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs from San Luis Potosi, Yucatan, Mexico to western Panama (Reid 2009). It can be found from lowlands to 3,200 m (Reid 1997). There is one new record in Puebla, Mexico (Ramírez-Bravo 2012). There have been seven new records reported in southwestern Michoacán, Mexico (Monterrubio-Rico 2010) and another from Hidalgo (Torres et al. 2014).
Countries occurrence:
Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):3200
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Population [top]

Population:It is locally common and widespread in most habitats; but is uncommon to rare in wet evergreen forest (Barthelmess 2016, Reid 2009).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This porcupine can be found at middle and high elevation in all forest types, including disturbed forest and second growth. At low elevations it seems to favour seasonally dry habitats. This species is uncommon or rare in wet evergreen forests of Atlantic lowlands. This species is nocturnal in habit. It feeds on seeds, fruit, buds, and young leaves (Reid 2009). There is increasing habitat destruction due to human activities causing reduction and fragmentation (Lorenzo et al. 2014).
Generation Length (years):8

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is hunted, presumably at a subsistence level.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is hunted in some areas and often killed by traffic (Reid 2009). It is facing severe reduction and fragmentation of its habitat in Oaxaca, Mexico (Lorenzo et al. 2014). In Mexico it is considered threatened because it depends on forests and jungles; it is more tolerant of anthropogenic disturbances and this makes them more vulnerable (Juárez-G. 2014). They do occur in protected reserves (Juárez-G. 2014).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed under CITES Appendix III in Honduras (Reid 1997). It occurs in several protected areas in its range.

Citation: Vázquez, E., Reid, F. & Cuarón, A.D. 2016. Coendou mexicanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T20629A22214103. . Downloaded on 22 June 2018.
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