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Malayan Porcupine
Hystrix brachyura.JPG
Himalayan Crestless Porcupine H. b. hodgsoni from India
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Hystricidae
Genus: Hystrix
Linnaeus, 1758
Subgenus: Acanthion
F. Cuvier, 1823

Acanthion is a subgenus of Old World porcupines. This subgenus contains the smaller Hystrix species with comparatively smaller nasals. The extant species have only one black ring or coloured part on the quills.[2]

Included taxa[edit]

Hystrix (Acanthion) javanica F. Cuvier, 1823
Hystrix (A.) brachyura Linnaeus, 1758
Hystrix (A.) b. brachyura Linnaeus, 1758
Hystrix (A.) b. hodgsoni Gray, 1847
Hystrix (A.) b. subcristata Swinhoe, 1870
Hystrix (A.) b. punungensis subsp. nov.


  1. ^ Lunde, D., Aplin, K. & Molur, S. (2008). Hystrix brachyura. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  2. ^ van Weers, DJ (2005) A taxonomic revision of the Pleistocene Hystrix (Hystricidae, Rodentia) from Eurasia with notes on the evolution of the family. Contribution to Zoology, 74 (3/4) LINK