Conservation status

The common porcupine (Hystrix brachyura) is considered Vulnerable. Both the thick-spined porcupine (Hystrix cras-

Close-up of South African porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) quills. (Photo by G. D. Dodge and D. R. Thompson. Bruce Coleman, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

sispinis) and North African porcupine (Hystrix cristata) are ranked as Lower Risk/Near Threatened by the IUCN. Prédation and human encroachment are the main threats, though many Hystricidae species are quite adaptable to changing habitat.

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