HYSTRICIDAE (Old World Porcupines)

The Hystricidae is a family of Old World rodents (Suborder Hystricomorpha) consisting of
three genera of living forms: Atherurus (two species, tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and
China), Hystrix (eight species, Africa, Southwest, South and Southeast Asia, and China),
and Trichys (one species, Borneo, Sumatra, and Malaya). Italian and Albanian-Greek
populations of Hystrix cristata are thought to have possibly been introduced. Native island
populations of hystricid species are found on Bioko, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka, Hainan,
Butang, Pinang, Tioman, and several Indonesian and Philippine islands.

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