Brazilian porcupines are recognizable as porcupines to us North Americans due to their quills, but they don't look much like our more familiar North American porcupine otherwise. Their quills are neat and small like a hedgehog's, they have these goofy protruding fleshy noses, and it's a superior climber, with a prehensile tail. And now there's a new species of it!
Coendou speratus, named after the local name for it, was just discovered in a forest along Brazil's Atlantic coast. It hasn't been discovered until now for a few reasons; first, it's pretty rare, with an estimated four per square kilometer distribution in a small corner of one ill-explored Brazilian state. It also looks fairly similar to other Brazilian porcupines, although it's smaller and tends to live in the mid-level of the forest rather than the canopy.
It's assumed that the porcupine is endangered. We can't really be sure, but the chief problem is that this area retains only about 2 percent of its original forest, due to logging and clear-cutting. With that small of a habitat left, it's likely that Coendou speratus has already suffered some negative effects from inbreeding, though figuring that out can be tricky.
[via New Zealand Herald]
I will name it Choo Choo, take it home and love it, feed it and bath it and make it my friend!
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I wish to adopt this Brazilian Porcupine!!!!!
It is so adorable!
Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest
Seven steps to wipe out a species:
Step 1) Discover animal.
Step 2) Make law that only science & animal groups get to see them.
Step 3) Start multi-million dollar fund to protect their new pets.
Step 4) Scour the globe to make sure there aren't any happy breeding pairs out there that aren't accounted for.
Step 5) Send an army of people to stomp around their environment to spy on them, count them, tranquilize them, attach metal tags to them, kidnap them, and bring them back for "safe keeping".
Step 6) Steal even more animals and force them to breed next to a plastic trees.
Step 7) Blame the west for their demise.