Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Hystricidae > Genus: Hystrix > Species: Hystrix cristata > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Hystrix cristata var. indica Kerr, 1792

Crested porcupine - Hystrix cristata Linnaeus, 1758

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Unknown
Continental - Favourable
Mediterranean - Favourable
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 2 other international agreements
Reported as invasive by NOBANIS
Most preferred habitats
  • heathland and shrub
May also occur in
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • sparsely vegetated land
  • woodland and forest
Natura 2000 species code 1344

Distribution

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Vulnerable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Endangered
Extinct
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Crested porcupine English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dikobraz Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dikobraz európsky Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dikobraz obecný Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hulepiggsvin Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hulepindsvin Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Istrice Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nordafrikanescht Stachelschwäin Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Okassiga Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Oklu kirpi Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Piggsvin Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Piikkisika Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Porc-épic à crête French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Porco-espinho Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Porkuspin Maltese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Puercoespín Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Puntsvín Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Stachelschwein German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Stekelvarken Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tarajos sül Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Acanthion daubentoni Cuvier, 1823
Acanthion cuvieri Gray, 1847
Hystrix occidanea Cabrera, 1924

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

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Summary of derogations for species

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25 items found, displaying all items.1
Region From Until Justification Activity Impact
Toscana 2014-11-18 2014-12-31 Data not available Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Toscana 2014-11-18 2014-12-31 Data not available Transport No evidence of a significant impact
Toscana 2014-11-11 2014-12-31 10 individuals in the period 2014-2017 Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Toscana 2014-11-11 2014-12-31 10 individuals in the period 2014-2017 Measurement and radio tagging No evidence of a significant impact
Emilia-Romagna 2014-01-01 2014-12-31 Data not available Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Emilia-Romagna 2014-01-01 2014-12-31 Data not available Transport No evidence of a significant impact
Marche 2013-05-17 2013-12-31 data not available Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Marche 2013-05-17 2013-12-31 data not available Translocation No evidence of a significant impact
Umbria 2012-05-09 2012-12-31 data not available Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Umbria 2012-05-09 2012-12-31 data not available Translocation No evidence of a significant impact
Emilia-Romagna 2008-05-01 2008-08-31 Number of individuals licensed unknown Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Emilia-Romagna 2008-05-01 2008-08-31 Number of individuals licensed unknown Transport No evidence of a significant impact
Emilia-Romagna 2008-05-01 2008-08-31 Number of individuals licensed unknown Marking and translocation No evidence of a significant impact
Emilia-Romagna 2007-09-01 2008-12-31 10 individuals to translocate during 2007 and 2008 Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Emilia-Romagna 2007-09-01 2008-12-31 10 individuals to translocate during 2007 and 2008 Transport No evidence of a significant impact
Emilia-Romagna 2007-09-01 2008-12-31 10 individuals to translocate during 2007 and 2008 Translocation No evidence of a significant impact
Emilia-Romagna 2007-09-01 2008-12-31 10 individuals to translocate during 2007 and 2008 Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Emilia-Romagna 2007-09-01 2008-12-31 10 individuals to translocate during 2007 and 2008 Transport No evidence of a significant impact
Emilia-Romagna 2007-09-01 2008-12-31 10 individuals to translocate during 2007 and 2008 Translocation No evidence of a significant impact
Umbria 2007-01-01 2007-12-31 No defined number of individuals Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Umbria 2007-01-01 2007-12-31 No defined number of individuals Transport No evidence of a significant impact
Umbria 2007-01-01 2007-12-31 No defined number of individuals Translocation No evidence of a significant impact
Umbria 2007-01-01 2007-12-31 No defined number of individuals Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Umbria 2007-01-01 2007-12-31 No defined number of individuals Transport No evidence of a significant impact
Umbria 2007-01-01 2007-12-31 No defined number of individuals Translocation No evidence of a significant impact
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