Close-up of a long-eared desert hedgehog

Long-eared hedgehog

Long-eared hedgehogs are much faster than their longer spined West European cousins. They are also much more feisty. Their long ears give them an acute sense of hearing which helps them to detect both predators and prey.

Scientific name: Hemiechinus auritus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Long-eared hedgehog taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Long-eared hedgehog can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, China, Indian subcontinent, Russia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Long-eared hedgehog distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Unknown

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Erinaceomorpha
  6. Hedgehogs and moonrats
  7. Hemiechinus
  8. Long-eared hedgehog