The crested porcupine is an Old World porcupine and one of eight species in the genus Hystrix.
The crested porcupine is a species of rodent in the family Hystricidae and the genus Hystrix.
Hystrix is a genus of eight species of porcupines containing most of the Old World porcupines, only two of which are found outside of Asia. Fossils belonging to the genus date back to the late Miocene of Africa. Hystrix was given the name by the late 18th century Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus.