Indian Crested Porcupines are widely distributed in Southern Asia and the Middle East. The population is stable. Porcupines are prosecuted as agricultural pests and trapped for meat.
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Mammalia – mammals
■ Order Rodentia – rodents
■ Family Hystricidae – Old World porcupines
■ Species Hystrix indica – Indian Crested Porcupine