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Sphiggurus mexicanus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Erethizontidae
Subfamily: Erethizontinae
Genus: Sphiggurus
F. Cuvier, 1825

Sphiggurus is a genus of New World porcupines containing these species:[1]

Several members of this genus share the common name of tree porcupine or coity. These are all characterized by long, naked, prehensile tails. All are small and have short spines.


  1. ^ Woods, C. A. and C. W. Kilpatrick. 2005. Hystricognathi. pp 1538–1600 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C.