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Hystrix brachyura, Malayan porcupine - Khao Yai National Park.jpg
Malayan porcupine (Hystrix brachyura)
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 in the genus Hystrix. It contains two species, H. javanica and H. brachyura, the smaller species with comparatively smaller nasals. The extant species have only one black ring or coloured part on the quills.[1]

Included taxa[edit]

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