Potamochoerus porcus (Artiodactyla: Suidae)

Mammalian Species
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Abstract

Potamochoerus porcus (Linnaeus, 1758) is a monotypic suid commonly known as the red river hog. It is 1 of 2 species in the genus Potamochoerus and among the smallest and most plesiomorphic (ancestral) of the 8 African suids. This is the brightest colored wild pig species and is identified by its rufous coat and white dorsal crest; spectacled black-and-white facemask; and elongated, leaf-shaped ears that end in terminally drooping tufts of hair. P. porcus lives in damp forests throughout the rainforest belt of western and central Africa; it never ranges far from thick vegetative cover, soft soils, and water. Although P. porcus is commonly harvested for subsistence and urban bushmeat markets, it is considered of “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Potamochoerus porcus (Artiodactyla: Suidae)
Series title Mammalian Species
DOI 10.1093/mspecies/sev002
Volume 47
Issue 919
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher American Society of Mammalogists
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 17 p.
First page 15
Last page 31
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