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Temporal range: OligoceneMiocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Eutheria
Superorder: Laurasiatheria
Order: Erinaceomorpha
Family: Erinaceidae
Genus: Amphechinus
Aymard, 1850
  • A. akespensis
  • A. arvernensis
  • A. baudelotae
  • A. edwardsi
  • A. ginsburgi
  • A. golpeae
  • A. horncloudi
  • A. intermedius
  • A. kreuzae
  • A. major
  • A. microdus
  • A. minutissimus
  • A. robinsoni
  • A. taatsiingolensis

Amphechinus is an extinct genus of hedgehog of the family Erinaceidae, which lived in Asia and Europe during the Oligocene and in North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe during the Miocene.


Amphechinus was named by Aymard (1850). It is not extant. It was assigned to Erinaceidae by Aymard (1850), Rich (1981) and Pickford et al. (2000).


A single specimen was examined by J. I. Bloch, K. D. Rose, and P. D. Gingerich for body mass and was estimated to have a weight of 175 g (0.39 lb).[1]

Its fossils have been found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.


A. akespensis, A. arvernensis, A. baudelotae, A. edwardsi, A. ginsburgi, A. golpeae, A. horncloudi, A. intermedius, A. kreuzae, A. major, A. microdus, A. minutissimus, A. robinsoni, A. taatsiingolensis.


  1. ^ J. I. Bloch, K. D. Rose, and P. D. Gingerich. 1998. New species of Batodonoides (Lipotyphla, Geolabididae) from the early Eocene of Wyoming: smallest known mammal?. Journal of Mammalogy 79(3):804-827.
  • The Beginning of the Age of Mammals by Kenneth D. Rose

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