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Coendou prehensilis (Prehensile-tailed porcupine)

Synonyms: Coendou platycentrotus

Wikipedia Abstract

The Brazilian porcupine (Coendou prehensilis) is a porcupine found in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, the Guyanas, Bolivia and Trinidad, with a single record from Ecuador. It inhabits tropical forests at elevations up to 1500 m.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 4.04
EDGE Score: 1.62


Adult Weight [1]  8.598 lbs (3.90 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  408 grams
Diet [2]  Frugivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [2]  30 %
Diet - Plants [2]  70 %
Forages - Arboreal [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  1 year 7 months
Male Maturity [1]  1 year 7 months
Gestation [1]  6 months 23 days
Litter Size [1]  1
Maximum Longevity [1]  27 years
Nocturnal [2]  Yes
Weaning [1]  3 months 5 days


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Atlantic Forest Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay No
Cerrado Brazil No
Tropical Andes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela No


Leopardus pardalis (Ocelot)[3]


Parasitized by 
Filarissima laisoni <Unverified Name>[4]
Wellcomia carolodominici <Unverified Name>[4]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


Trinity Hills Wildlife Sactuary;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Leopardus pardalis, Julie L. Murray and Gregory L. Gardner, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 548, pp. 1-10 (1997)
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License