Coendou spinosus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Erethizontidae

Scientific Name: Coendou spinosus F. Cuvier, 1823
Common Name(s):
English Paraguay Hairy Dwarf Porcupine, Spiny Tree Porcupine
Sphiggurus villosus (F. Cuvier, 1823)
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: This species was included in Coendou, often referred to as C. paraguayensis (Eisenberg and Redford 1999). S. villosus has been combined with this species (Voss 2015).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-06-10
Assessor(s): Roach, N. & Naylor, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Patterson, B. & Leite, Y.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, 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 is found in southeastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, northern Uruguay, northeastern Argentina with an elevational range near sea level to 1,150 m (Barthelmess 2016, Voss 2015).
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Brazil; Paraguay; Uruguay
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1150
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Population [top]

Population:Apparently uncommon (Emmons and Feer 1997). However, this species is locally common and can be found in secondary forest canopy and near human communities.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs in wide range of habitats, including Cerrado, Pantanal and the Atlantic Forest. In lowland tropical rainforest it occurs in primary forest, there is a possibility that mature secondary growth might be inhabited. The species is active at night and their average height when active is 8 m. Their total home range is around 0.063 km. The only observed food consumed was new leaves from six tree species (Voss 2015).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this species at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been included in CITES Appendix III since 1976 (Uruguay).

Citation: Roach, N. & Naylor, L. 2016. Coendou spinosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T20630A22213974. . Downloaded on 16 July 2018.
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