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Atelerix albiventris young.jpg
A. albiventris
Scientific classification e
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Erinaceidae
Subfamily: Erinaceinae
Genus: Atelerix
Pomel, 1848
Type species
Erinaceus albiventris
Wagner, 1841

A. albiventris
A. algirus
A. frontalis
A. sclateri

Atelerix is a genus of hedgehog in the family Erinaceidae. It contains four species, all native to Africa.[1]


The Atelerix diversified from its family because of geographical isolation during Pleistocene climate changes. This being a type of vicariance separation from the Niger River. This allowed the Erinaceidane family to be more diverse.


  1. ^ a b Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.

Guillermo, V., Z. Boratyński, C. M. Ferreira, V. O. Lima, P. C. Alves, J. C. Brito. 2019. Intraspecific genetic diversity and distribution of North African hedgehogs (Mammalia: Erinaceidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 127:156-163.