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Título: Designation of a neotype for the Brazilian porcupine, Coendou prehensilis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Autor(es): Yuri Luiz Reis Leite
Vilácio Caldara Júnior
Leonora Pires Costa
Everton Renan de Andrade Melo
José Ramon Gadelha de Azevedo Alves
Antonio Rossano Mendes Pontes
Assunto: Erethizontidae
ISSN: 1175-5326
Revista: Zootaxa
Volume: 2791
Resumo: The Brazilian porcupine was one of several species described and illustrated by the 17 th -century naturalist Georg Marc-grave, whose text was among the primary references upon which Linnaeus based his Hystrix prehensilis. As currently un-derstood, Coendou prehensilis is a wide-ranging polytypic taxon that has never been revised and may represent a complex of closely related species. Given that no name-bearing type specimen of C.prehensilis is believed to be extant, and in orderto avoid ambiguous application of this name, we designate a specimen collected at the type locality in Pernambuco, north-eastern Brazil, as the neotype for Hystrix prehensilis Linnaeus. The geographic distribution of mitochondrial DNA hap-lotypes suggests that specimens from west-central Brazil previously identified as “Coendou prehensilis” belong to adifferent species, but only a comprehensive taxonomic revision of the genus will shed light on species limits and the geo-graphic ranges of C. prehensilis and other congeneric forms
ISSN: 1175-5326
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