Check List 16(4): 927-932, doi: 10.15560/16.4.927
Filling distribution gaps: new records of the Brazilian Porcupine, Coendou prehensilis (Linnaeus, 1758) (Mammalia, Rodentia), in 10 departments of Colombia
expand article infoHéctor E. Ramírez-Chaves, Juan Pablo López-Ordóñez§, Carlos A. Aya-Cuero|, Daniela Velásquez-Guarín, Alexandra Cardona-Giraldo, Natalia Atuesta-Dimian#, Darwin M. Morales-Martínez¤, Miguel E. Rodriguez-Posada«
‡ Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia§ Conservación Internacional Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia| Fundación Kurupira, Bogotá, Colombia¶ Universidad de Manizales, Manizales, Colombia# Instituto Sinchi, Bogotá, Colombia¤ Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Fundación de Investigación en Biodiversidad y Conservación, Bogotá, Colombia« Reserva Natural La Palmita, Bogotá, Colombia
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The Brazilian Porcupine, Coendou prehensilis (Linnaeus, 1758), is the most widespread species of Coendou Lacépède, 1799 in South America, but little is known on its natural history, ecology and distribution. In Colombia, it has been reported in the lowlands and inter-Andean valleys of 18 continental departments, but there are still gaps on its distribution, natural history and ecology. We present new distribution records and add information of the presence of C. prehensilis in 10 additional departments of Colombia located at the Amazonia, Orinoco, Peri-Caribbean Arid Belt, and North Andean Biogeographic provinces. We suggest that C. prehensilis is the most widespread species in the lowlands of Colombia, although it does not occur in the Biogeographic Chocó and in the inter-Andean medium and high valleys of the Cauca and Magdalena rivers.

Amazonia, Andes, Caribbean, Erethizontidae, photographs, quills