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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Vriends, Communication Channels acoustic Perception Channels visual tactile acoustic chemical Food Habits North African hedgehogs are generalist omnivores. Accessed December 31, at https: However, other mammals could constitute potential reservoir hosts in Tunisia and other North African countries.

Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Accessed April 04, at http: In Tunisia, Leishmania parasites are responsible of visceral leishmaniasis, caused by Leishmania infantum species while three cutaneous disease forms are documented: Pages with URL errors Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May Taxonomy articles created by Polbot.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. When threatened, it curls into a ball and displays its spiny exterior to deter predators.


Fire and grazing are important in the long-term maintenance of grasslands. A North African hedgehog in the Balearic Islands. Accessed April 29, at http: The gestation time for the species is 30 to 40 days and the young become sexually mature between 8 and 10 weeks of age. They are typically found at altitudes of m or less, although elevations of up to m have been observed in Morocco.

Atelerix algirus Lereboullet 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 Algirud Islands.

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algirs Wikipedia, Anti-predator Adaptations cryptic Ecosystem Roles There is little information on the ecosystem roles of North African hedgehogs. Help us improve the site by taking our survey.

The hoglets generally weigh between 12 and 20 grams. This page was last edited on 8 Aprilat I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following licenses:.

North African hedgehog

They are often killed atelerox humans to be used for food, regional medical purposes, and ingredients in witchcraft markets. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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North African hedgehogs often eat pest insects in gardens and populated areas. Description Erizo moruno Atelerix algirus.

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Like most hedgehogs, it is most likely solitary. This species is difficult to study in the field because it is nocturnal. The dorsal surface of Atelerix algirus is covered in sharp spines made of tough keratin.

Biopsies from liver, heart, kidney and spleen of each animal were used to extract genomic DNA, which was further used in PCR assays to assess the presence of Leishmania parasites. You may select the license of your choice. Breeding season Breeding occurs from October to March.

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Views Read Edit View history. They are paler in color than atelefix from Europe, with the possible exception of Erinaceus europaeus. Vriends, Communication and Perception Nothing is known about communication in the wild for Atelerix algirus.

In addition, hedgehogs often make purring noises when content. Extant Erinaceomorpha species by subfamily.