The crested porcupine, Hystrix cristata L., 1758, in Italy

  title={The crested porcupine, Hystrix cristata L., 1758, in Italy},
  author={Marco Masseti and Umberto Albarella and Jacopo De Grossi Mazzorin},
Masseti M., Albarella U. & De Grossi Mazzorin J. 2010. — The crested porcupine, Hystrix cristata L., 1758, in Italy. Anthropozoologica 45 (2): 27–42. ABSTRACT In this paper the evidence for the introduction of the crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata L. 1758) in Italy is reviewed and hypotheses concerning the timing and modalities of this event are brought forward. The crested porcupine current distribution outside Africa is limited to Sicily and the Italian Peninsula. Palaeontological data… 

From the Apennines to the Alps: recent range expansion of the crested porcupine Hystrix cristata L., 1758 (Mammalia: Rodentia: Hystricidae) in Italy

Historical and social factors related to the progressive urbanization and the consequent abandonment of the traditional land use in mountain landscapes probably helped the re-expansion of forests and uncultivated fields.

Out of Europe: Investigating Hystrix cristata (Rodentia: Hystricidae) skull morphometric geographic variability in Africa

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Range expansion and redefinition of a crop-raiding rodent associated with global warming and temperature increase

Since the 1970s, the crested porcupine Hystrix cristata has shown a marked range expansion in Italy. A web page has been created to collect occurrences of this species to monitor its distribution

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Long live the alien: is high genetic diversity a pivotal aspect of crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata) long-lasting and successful invasion?

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Long live the alien: is high genetic diversity a pivotal aspect of crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata) long‐lasting and successful invasion?

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The Pleistocene porcupine Hystrix vinogradovi Argyropulo , 1941 in Italy

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Notice of the Discovery of Two Bone-caves in Northern Sicily

  • François Anca
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London
  • 1860
Since you left Sicily, I have continued my palæontological researches, and I am happy in having discovered two bone-caves previously unknown. One of these is at Monte Gallo, at the western extremity

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