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Southern Bush Pig.jpg
Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Suidae
Subfamily: Suinae
Genus: Potamochoerus
Gray, 1854
Type species
Choiropotamus pictus

Potamochoerus larvatus (F. Cuvier, 1822)
Potamochoerus magnus (A. Arribas & G. Garrido, 2008)
Potamochoerus porcus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Potamochoerus (meaning "river pig") is a genus in the pig family ( Suidae). The two species are restricted to sub-Saharan Africa, although the bushpig, possibly due to introduction by humans, also occurs in Madagascar and nearby islands. Early in the 20th century, there were considered to be as many as five different species within the genus. These were gradually consolidated, until, in the 1970s, it was generally agreed that all were representatives of just a single species (P. porcus). The bushpig was again recognised as a separate species from about 1993. [1]

The oldest fossils that can be assigned to the genus date from the mid Pliocene in Europe, and are first seen in Africa from least the mid Pleistocene, suggesting that it originally evolved in somewhere in Eurasia. [1] However, molecular phylogenetic evidence suggests that the genus first diverged from the line leading to the giant forest hog and the warthogs much earlier, in the late Miocene, between 11.9 and 5.6 million years ago. The same studies suggest that the two living species diverged from one another between 4.8 and 0.2 million years ago. [2]


Extant species

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus) in the camp ... (31489633423).jpg Potamochoerus larvatus Bushpig East and Southern Africa.
Laufendes Pinselohrschwein Zoo Landau.JPG Potamochoerus porcus Red river hog Guinean and Congolian forests



  1. ^ a b Leslie, D.M.; Huffman, B.A. (July 2015). "Potamochoerus porcus (Artiodactyla: Suidae)". Mammalian Species. 47 (919): 15–31. doi: 10.1093/mspecies/sev002.
  2. ^ Gongora, J.; et al. (June 2011). "Rethinking the evolution of extant sub-Saharan African suids (Suidae, Artiodactyla)". Zoologica Scripta. 40 (4): 327–335. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-6409.2011.00480.x. S2CID  82372059.