First report of the Asiatic Brush-tailed Porcupine Atherurus macrourus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Mammalia: Rodentia: Hystricidae) from West Bengal­­­, India

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Suraj Kumar Dash
Abhisek Chettri
Dipanjan Naha
Sambandam Sathyakumar


We report the western most distribution of the Asiatic Brush-tailed Porcupine Atherurus macrourus (Thomas, 1921) in India.  An individual was photo captured in the semi-evergreen forests of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, northern West Bengal on the night of 28 January 2019.  It is a rare rodent species that is distributed in the northeastern states of India but was not reported from West Bengal. 

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