Hemiechinus micropus (Blyth, 1846), Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan. Formerly also in Erinaceus. Includes Paraechinus nudiventris, considered by some as a separate species.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Pale hedgehog; French: Hérisson du desert Indien; German: Indisch Wüstenigel; Spanish: Erizo del desierto.
H Hylomys suillus H Paraechinus micropus
Head and body length: 5.5-9 in (14-23 cm); tail: 0.4-1.5 in (1-4 cm); weight: 10.5-17.5 oz (300-600 g). Pale gray-beige except for dark facial mask.
Pakistan, western and southern India.
Desert and semidesert. BEHAVIOR
Nocturnal and solitary but generally non-aggressive; digs own burrow and caches food; does not hibernate; engages in self-anointing behavior.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Hunts insects and small vertebrates, especially toads. Apparently stores excess food.
Breeds from April to September, litters of 1 to 3 (maximum 6). Probably polygynous.
Not threatened. Widespread and common but local populations are increasingly isolated due to desertification and agricultural development. P. m. nudiventris is Vulnerable.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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