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SPECIES Paraechinus aethiopicus

Author:Ehrenberg, 1832.
Citation:Symb. Phys. Mamm., 2: sig. k, footnote.
Common Name:Desert Hedgehog
Type Locality:Sudan, "In desertis dongolanis habitat".
Distribution:Sahara from Mauritania to Egypt and Awash, Ethiopia; Arabian deserts from Syria to Yemen; insular populations on Djerba (Tunisia), Bahrain and Tanb (Persian Gulf).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc) as Hemiechinus aethiopicus.
Comments:Species and subspecies arrangement unclear; Corbet (1988:153-154) retained Arabian dorsalis (= pectoralis) as a subspecies, while Osborn and Helmy (1980) regarded aethiopicus, deserti and dorsalis as distinct species. Reviewed by Harrison and Bates (1991), who considered pectoralis, ludlowi and albatus as valid subspecies. Nader and Al-Safadi (1993), Kock and Ebenau (1996), and Benda and Obuch (2001) provided new distribution records. Morshed and Patton (2002) provided DNA sequence data from Saudi Arabia.
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SUBSPECIES aethiopicus

SUBSPECIES albatus

SUBSPECIES deserti

SUBSPECIES ludlowi

SUBSPECIES pectoralis

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