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SPECIES Atelerix frontalis

Author:A. Smith, 1831.
Citation:S. Afr. Quart. J., 2: 10, 29.
Common Name:Southern African Hedgehog
Type Locality:"Cape Colony"; restricted to South Africa, Eastern Cape Prov., northern parts of the Graaff Reinet district, by Ellerman et al. (1953).
Distribution:S South Africa to E Botswana and W Zimbabwe; and Namibia to SW Angola.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Genus allocation uncertain. Results of Bannikova et al. (2002) obtained with the fingerprinting method indicate that frontalis does not form a monophyletic group with other species of Atelerix and thus may deserve a genus of its own. Meester et al. (1986:15) listed angolae as a valid subspecies.
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SUBSPECIES frontalis



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