Three Porcupines

THREE PORCUPINES

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 This was a birthday present to my brother.  My first terrestrial animals-- and definitely not my last.

Featured here are the three main types of porcupines:

The North-American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)

The South-American Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine (Coendou prehensilis)

The African Crested Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis). 

  Although they are in the same rodent group (The Hystricognathi) ,Old World and New World Porcupines are actually in two different taxonomic Families (Hystricidae and Erithizontidae, respectively).  The North- and South- American porcupines are actually more closely related to chinchillas, capybaras, cavies, nutrias and guinea pigs (the Caviomorpha) than they are to the African Crested.  Despite all that, I still drew them with their Old World cousin because, well, they just look cool together. 

 However, the scientist in me is eventually going to force me to go back and do a drawing of the New World porcupines in a group shot with their true Caviomorpha brothers and sisters.

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