coendou

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coendou

(kōĕn`do͞o): see porcupineporcupine,
member of either of two rodent families, characterized by having some of its hairs modified as bristles, spines, or quills. The quills are loosely attached to the porcupines' skin and pull out easily, remaining imbedded in any predator that comes in contact with them.
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The Mexican hairy dwarf porcupine (Sphiggurus mexicanus, formerly Coendou mexicanus; Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005), which also is known as the prehensile-tailed porcupine, is one of two extant species of the family Erethizontidae present in Mexico (Leopold, 1959; Hall, 1981; Wainwright, 2002).