Hystrix (mammal)

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Temporal range: Early Miocene - Recent
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Porcupine drinking water (Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, Wisconsin)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Hystricidae
Genus: Hystrix
Linnaeus, 1758

Hystrix africaeaustralis
Hystrix brachyura
Hystrix crassispinis
Hystrix cristata
Hystrix indica
Hystrix javanica
Hystrix pumila
Hystrix sumatrae

Hystrix is a genus of porcupines containing most of the Old World porcupines. Fossils belonging to the genus date back to the late Miocene of Africa.[1]

Hystrix was given name by the late 18th century Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus.



  1. ^ Barthelmess, E.L. (2006). "Hystix africaeaustralis". Mammalian Species (788): 1–7. doi:10.1644/788.1.