Bicolored-spined porcupine

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Bicolored-spined porcupine
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Erethizontidae
Genus: Coendou
Species: C. bicolor
Binomial name
Coendou bicolor
(Tschudi, 1844)

C. b. bicolor Tschudi, 1844
C. b. quichua Thomas, 1899
C. b. richardsoni Allen, 1913
C. b. simonsi Thomas, 1902

The bicolored-spined porcupine (Coendou bicolor) is a species of nocturnal and arboreal rodent in the family Erethizontidae.[2] It is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

The head and body of Coendou bicolor measure about 543 mm, and another 481 mm is tail. The body is covered with dense spines, pale yellow at the base and black-tipped, and significantly darker on the midback. The bicolored-spined porcupine has a fully prehensile tail that is primarily free of spines (Eisenberg, 1989).


  1. ^ Dunnum, J. & Delgado, C. (2008). "Coendou bicolor". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Woods, C.A.; Kilpatrick, C.W. (2005). "Infraorder Hystricognathi". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 1538–1600. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  • Eisenberg, J. F. 1989. Mammals of the Neotropics, volume 1 - The Northern Neotropics. Pp 391. University of Chicago Press, Chicago IL.