Echinoprocta rufescens


Taxonomy [top]

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Scientific Name: Echinoprocta rufescens
Species Authority: (Gray, 1865)
Common Name(s):
English Stump-tailed Porcupine

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Delgado, C. & Tirira, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the western, central, and eastern Cordilleras of Colombia between 800 and 2,000 m asl (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005), and on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador (Tirira, in prep.).
Colombia; Ecuador
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Population [top]

Population: In Ecuador it is rare (D. Tirira pers. comm.). In Colombia, the species is common in appropriate habitat (C. Delgado pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Little is known of the behavior and natural history of this species. It is known from the montane forest as well as secondary forest. It is thought to be nocturnal, arboreal and solitary.The species is preyed on by pumas in the central Andes (C. Delgado pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is typically killed by locals in Colombia to protect their dogs (C. Delgado pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has been found in several protected areas in Colombia.

Citation: Delgado, C. & Tirira, D. 2008. Echinoprocta rufescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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