UL HASAN, M. A. & NEHA, S. A. (2019)

The Himalayan Crestless Porcupine Hystrix brachyura Linnaeus, 1758 (Mammalia: Rodentia: Hystricidae): first authentic record from Bangladesh.

Journal of Threatened Taxa 11(12):14624-14626. DOI:10.11609/jott.4861.11.12.14624-14626.


During our social survey in Sundarbans mangrove forest, Bangladesh, the Hystrix brachyura was sighted in the Supoti Forest Camp (22.0470N & 89.8270E), Sundarbans East Zone, Bangladesh. On 22 May 2018, opportunistically an individual of porcupine was directly spotted but it was soon fled away into the shrubs and unidentified at that moment. The observation area was dominated by Acanthus ilicifolius and Phragmites karka. To substantiate the confirmation, a subsequent attempt was taken on 24 May 2018. Though several studies have revealed that various kinds of bait lured to particular species in general, or attract more of a prescribed species has been of specific focus; considering the facts, pieces of apples and potatoes were used to attract porcupine in a suitable place where a clear observation could be made. One more time, an individual attracted to bait was seen under the shrub of Phragmites karka at 19.35h. Finally, a clear visual observation as well as several photographs were taken. We recorded the geographic coordination using Garmin GPSMAP 64S.

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