Temporal range: Oligocene – Miocene
Amphechinus by unlobogris-d1g0ahn
An artist's illustration of Amphechinus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Erinaceidae
Genus: Amphechinus
Aymard, 1850
Referred species

Amphechinus is a genus of hedgehog in the Erinaceidae family, which lived in Asia and Europe during the Oligocene and in North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe during the Miocene.


Amphechinus was named by Auguste Aymard in 1850. It is not extinct. It was assigned to Erinaceidae by Aymard (1850), Rich (1981) and Pickford et al. (2000).


A single specimen was examined by J. I. Bloch, K. D. Rose, and P. D. Gingerich for body mass and was estimated to have a weight of 1 g (0.39 lb).

Its fossils have been found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.


  • Amphechinus akespensis
  • Amphechinus arvernensis
  • Amphechinus baudelotae
  • Amphechinus edwardsi
  • Amphechinus ginsburgi
  • Amphechinus golpeae
  • Amphechinus horncloudi
  • Amphechinus intermedius
  • Amphechinus kreuzae
  • Amphechinus major
  • Amphechinus microdus
  • Amphechinus minutissimus
  • Amphechinus robinsoni
  • Amphechinus taatsiingolensis