Cape porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis)

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Cape porcupine foraging
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • The cape porcupine is a nocturnal species.
  • During the day, the cape porcupine will either build a den, or take shelter in caves, crevices or other holes.
  • A territorial species, the cape porcupine usually forages solitarily although it can be seen feeding in groups of 2 to 3.
  • The spines and quills of the porcupine are soft at birth, but then harden.
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Cape porcupine description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilyHystricidae
GenusHystrix (1)

Information on the Cape porcupine is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

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Cape porcupine status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (October, 2009)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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