Observed: 4th August 2011 By: WILDLIFEKEITHWILDLIFEKEITH’s reputation in MammalsWILDLIFEKEITH’s reputation in Mammals

Feeding at my bird feeding station.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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White hedgehog

This one is interesting, it is very pale yet not an albino. Indeed the white prickle ends and white fur make it look very similar to the African hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris). This must be a leucistic animal and possibly shows how the African hedgehog and European hedgehog evolved (not sure which came first).

Leucism is where there is a lack of pigment in certain feathers or fur but not all over or in the skin as in albinism. The most obvious way to tell them apart is that albinism affects the whole body and results in the characteristic pink eyes, leucism does not produce pink eyes and usually affects only a portion of the body.

Graham Banwell

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