Porcupine

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Porcupines are large rodents with coats of sharp spines, or quills, that protect them against predators.wikipedia
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Rodent

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Porcupines are large rodents with coats of sharp spines, or quills, that protect them against predators. A porcupine is any of 58 species of rodents belonging to the families Erethizontidae (genera: Coendou, Erethizon, and Chaetomys) or Hystricidae (genera: Atherurus, Hystrix, and Trichys).
Well-known rodents include mice, rats, squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, chinchillas, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and capybaras.

Spine (zoology)

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Porcupines are large rodents with coats of sharp spines, or quills, that protect them against predators.
Spines in mammals include the prickles of hedgehogs and among rodents, the quills of both New World and Old World porcupines as well as the prickly fur of spiny mice, spiny pocket mice and spiny rats.

Hedgehog

ErinaceinaehedgehogsAfrican hedgehogs
Porcupines' spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated erinaceomorph hedgehogs and Australian monotreme echidnas.
Their spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated porcupines, which are rodents, and echidnas, a type of monotreme.

Hystrix (mammal)

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A porcupine is any of 58 species of rodents belonging to the families Erethizontidae (genera: Coendou, Erethizon, and Chaetomys) or Hystricidae (genera: Atherurus, Hystrix, and Trichys).
Hystrix is a genus of porcupines containing most of the Old World porcupines.

Echidna

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Porcupines' spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated erinaceomorph hedgehogs and Australian monotreme echidnas.
Superficially, they resemble the anteaters of South America and other spiny mammals such as hedgehogs and porcupines.

Crested porcupine

Hystrix cristataAfrican crested porcupineAfrican porcupine
Porcupines vary in size considerably: Rothschild's porcupine of South America weighs less than a kilogram (2.2 lb); the crested porcupine found in Italy, Sicily, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa can grow to well over 27 kg.
This mammal is recognizable by the quills that run along the head, nape, and back that can be raised into a crest, hence the name crested porcupine.

Roach (headdress)

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For example, their guardhairs are used in the creation of the Native American "porky roach" headdress.
Porcupine hair roaches are a traditional male headdress of a number of Native American tribes in what is now New England, the Great Lakes and Missouri River regions, including the Potawatomi who lived where Chicago now stands.

Quillwork

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Lakota women would harvest the quills for quillwork by throwing a blanket over a porcupine and retrieving the quills it left stuck in the blanket.
Quillwork is a form of textile embellishment traditionally practiced by Native Americans that employs the quills of porcupines as an aesthetic element.

Brazilian porcupine

Coendou prehensilisC. prehensilisBrazilian Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine
The Brazilian porcupine (Coendou prehensilis) is a porcupine found in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, the Guyanas, Bolivia and Trinidad, with a single record from Ecuador.

Black dwarf porcupine

Black dwarf (Koopman's) porcupineC. nycthemera
The black dwarf porcupine, also known as Koopman's porcupine, Coendou nycthemera, is a porcupine species from the New World porcupine family endemic to northern Brazil.

Paraguaian hairy dwarf porcupine

C. spinosusCoendou villosusSphiggurus spinosus
The Paraguaian hairy dwarf porcupine, Coendou spinosus, is a South American porcupine species from the family Erethizontidae.

Streaked dwarf porcupine

C. ichillus
The streaked dwarf porcupine, Coendou ichillus, is a porcupine species in the family Erethizontidae.

Frosted hairy dwarf porcupine

C. pruinosus
The frosted hairy dwarf porcupine, Coendou pruinosus, is a porcupine species in the family Erethizontidae from Colombia and northern and eastern Venezuela.

Black-tailed hairy dwarf porcupine

C. melanurus
The black-tailed hairy dwarf porcupine, Coendou melanurus, is a South American porcupine species from the family Erethizontidae.

Roosmalen's dwarf porcupine

C. roosmalenorum
Roosmalen's dwarf porcupine, Coendou roosmalenorum, is a porcupine species from the New World porcupine family endemic to northern Brazil.

Old World porcupine

HystricidaeporcupineHystridae
A porcupine is any of 58 species of rodents belonging to the families Erethizontidae (genera: Coendou, Erethizon, and Chaetomys) or Hystricidae (genera: Atherurus, Hystrix, and Trichys). The term covers two families of animals: the Old World porcupines of family Hystricidae, and the New World porcupines of family Erethizontidae.

Hystricognathi

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Both families belong to the infraorder Hystricognathi within the profoundly diverse order Rodentia and display superficially similar coats of quills: despite this, the two groups are distinct from each other and are not closely related to each other within the Hystricognathi.

Order (biology)

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Both families belong to the infraorder Hystricognathi within the profoundly diverse order Rodentia and display superficially similar coats of quills: despite this, the two groups are distinct from each other and are not closely related to each other within the Hystricognathi.

Europe

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The Old World porcupines live in southern Europe, Asia (western and southern), and most of Africa.

Asia

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The Old World porcupines live in southern Europe, Asia (western and southern), and most of Africa.

Africa

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The Old World porcupines live in southern Europe, Asia (western and southern), and most of Africa.

Taxonomy (biology)

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In taxonomic terms, they form the family Hystricidae.

Aposematism

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Weighing 12 - 35 lb, they are rounded, large, and slow, and use aposematic strategy of defense.

Erinaceidae

Erinaceomorphaerinaceiderinaceomorph
Porcupines' spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated erinaceomorph hedgehogs and Australian monotreme echidnas.

Monotreme

monotremesMonotremataegg-laying mammals
Porcupines' spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated erinaceomorph hedgehogs and Australian monotreme echidnas.