Friday, 12 April 2013

New species of Brazilian porcupine discovered

New species of Brazilian porcupine discovered, A new species of the Brazilian porcupine (Coendou speratus) has been discovered along Brazil's Atlantic coast. It lives in a secluded area of one Brazilian state. According to a Popsci report dated April 12, this miniature porcupine resembles other species of Brazilian porcupines, but is smaller and lives in the mid-level of the rain forest, whereas other species tend to occupy the upper level or canopy.

The Coendou speratus is assumed to be endangered, as a mere 2 percent of the forest, which represents its natural habitat, remains. Exactly how many Coendou speratus exist is difficult to tell.

Brazilian porcupines resemble North American porcupines, but their quills are shorter, they are excellent climbers and they have a prehensile tale. Brazilian porcupines also have a rubbery nose.

North American porcupines (Erethizon dorsatum) are larger than Brazilian porcupines. While the quills on the Brazilian porcupine resemble those a hedgehog, the American porcupine has long quills that may appear scraggly.

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