Hystrix kiangsenensis Wang, 1931



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

The taxonomic validity of this species is arguable (van Weers, 2005; Tong, 2008).


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene





Biology & Ecology




Neotype: IVPP V5082 (van Weers, 2005:306)






Original scientific description:

Wang, K. M. (1931). Die Hohlenablagerungen und Fauna in der Drachen-Maul-Hohle von Kiangsen, Chekiang. Contrib. Nat. Res. Inst. Geol., Acad. Sinica 1: 41-65.


Other references:

Dong, Wei and Zhang, Yingqi. (2022). Biochronologic sequences of the Pleistocene mammalian faunas in China and correlations with numeric dating. Quaternary Sciences 42(5): 1227-1246.

Hao S, Huang W. 1998. Excavation report of the Luobidong cave site. [Chinese: 1-164; English: 125-129]

Lopatin, A. V. et al. (2021). Pleistocene Mammals from the Lang Trang Cave (Vietnam): New Data. Doklady Biological Sciences 496: 1-4. [Abstract]

Lopatin, A. V. et al. (2022). Lang Trang Cave (Northern Vietnam): Pleistocene Mammalian Locality with Gigantopithecus Finds. Doklady Earth Sciences 504: 372-379.

Pei W. 1987. Carnivora, Proboscidea and Rodentia from Liucheng Gigantopithecus cave and other caves in Guangxi. Mem. Inst. Vertebr. Palaeont. Palaeoanthrop., Acad. Sinica 18: 1-115. [Chinese: 1-94; English: 95-115]

Tong, Haowen. (2005). Hystrix subcristata (Mammalia, Rodentia) from Tianyuan Cave, a human fossil site newly discovered near Zhoukoudian (Choukoutien). Vertebrat. PalAsiatic. 43: 135-150. [Chinese: 35-147; English: 148-150]

Tong, Haowen. (2008). Quaternary Hystrix (Rodentia, Mammalia) from North China: Taxonomy, stratigraphy and zoogeography, with discussions on the distribution of Hystrix in Palearctic Eurasia. Quaternary International 179(1): 126-134.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]

van Weers, D. J. (2005). A taxonomic revision of the Pleistocene Hystrix (Hystricidae, Rodentia) from Eurasia with notes on the evolution of the family. Contributions to Zoology 74(3-4): 301-312.

Weers DJ van, Zheng S. 1998. Biometric analysis and taxonomic allocation of Pleistocene Hystrix specimens (Rodentia, porcupines) from China. Beaufortia 48 (4): 47-69.


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