Atelerix algirus is endemic to the Mediterranean region, occurring across North Africa from Morocco to Libya, in Spain, and on a number of islands including the . The North African hedgehog (Atelerix algirus), or Algerian hedgehog, is a species of mammal in the family Erinaceidae. It is found in Algeria, Libya, Malta. Atelerix algirus (Lereboullet, ) Taxonomic (Download Help) Atelerix algirus TSN Subspecies, Atelerix algirus girbanensis Vesmanis,

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The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students. They also have larger ears, longer snouts, and longer legs than Erinaceus europaeus.

Because this species of hedgehog is native to Africait has been suggested that it was introduced by humans to the other countries where it is now found, including France and Spain including the Canary Islands. Two litters are often produced in a season October to March.

They are typically found at altitudes of m or less, although elevations of up to m have been observed in Morocco. Mammal Species of the World, 3rd Ed.

Erizo liberado en el marco del proyecto de seguimiento de la especie en el Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat. World Wildlife Fund,M. Results were confirmed by direct sequencing of amplified fragments.


Atelerix algirus – Algerian hedgehog (Species Link Page)

The gestation period ranges from 30 to 40 days and the litter size is between 3 and 10 hoglets. Ctenodactylus gundii is involved in the transmission of L.

When threatened, it curls into a ball and displays its spiny exterior to deter predators. It has been found in Mediterranean conifer and mixed forest climates as are present in southern mountainous regions allgirus Spain and northern Africa.

Hutterer, ; Nogales, et al. The following other wikis use this file: Mammal Species of the World: Using morphological characteristics, all specimens were described and measured. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. If so, the expected lifespan would be between 3 and 7 years in the wild and 8 to 10 years in captivity.

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Johns Hopkins University Press. See also Tropical savanna and grassland biome.

International Union for Conservation of Nature. Jungle, North African hedgehogs produce two litters per breeding season. The present study demonstrates, for the first time in Tunisia, natural infection of hedgehog animals Atelerix algirus by the Leishmania parasites species L. North African hedgehogs prefer arid climates, but are found in a broad range of habitats including dry Mediterranean scrub, grasslands, pastures, cultivated fields, semi-desert, and gardens.


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Like other alggirus, scent cues are likely to be important in communication and in prey detection. The North African hedgehog Atelerix algirus or Algerian hedgehogis a species of mammal in the family Erinaceidae. Atelerix algirus Lereboullet PCR results showed in total that all specimens were Leishmania infected, with different organs incriminated, mainly liver and spleen. Pages with URL errors Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles alirus unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May Taxonomy articles created by Polbot.

Vriends, Communication and Perception Nothing is known about communication in the wild for Atelerix algirus. North African hedgehogs often eat pest insects in gardens and populated areas. The hoglet is born blind, but gains vision quickly.

Using morphological characters, animals were identified as North African hedgehogs, also called Algerian hedgehogs, that belong to the Erinaceidae family, genus Atelerix Pomeland species aatelerix Lereboullet,