Long-beaked echidna

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Long-beaked echidnas
Western Long-beaked Echidna
(Zaglossus bruijni)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Monotremata
Family: Tachyglossidae
Genus: Zaglossus
Gill, 1877
Type species
Tachyglossus bruijni
Peters and Doria, 1876

Zaglossus attenboroughi
Zaglossus bartoni
Zaglossus bruijni
Zaglossus hacketti
Zaglossus robustus

The long-beaked echidnas make up one of the two genera (Genus Zaglossus) of echidna. Echidna is a spiny monotreme that lives in New Guinea. There are three living species, and two extinct ones.

Echidnas are one of the two types of mammals that lay eggs.

Species[change | change source]

Zaglossus attenboroughi[change | change source]

  • Habitat: regions of New Guinea at higher elevation than highland forests
  • Era: the present
  • Status: Endangered

Remarks: Species described from one sample only. May be endangered, or locally extinct. See Sir David's Long-beaked Echidna

Zaglossus bartoni[change | change source]

  • Habitat:on the central cordillera between the Paniai Lakes and the Nanneau Range, as well as the Huon Peninsula
  • Era: the present
  • Status: Endangered

Remarks: see Eastern Long-beaked Echidna

Zaglossus bruijni[change | change source]

Remarks: see Western Long-beaked Echidna

Zaglossus hacketti[change | change source]

Remarks: This species is known only from a few bones. At a metre long, it was huge for an echidna and for monotremes in general.

Zaglossus robustus[change | change source]

Remarks: This species is known from a fossil skull about 65 cm long.

References[change | change source]

  • Flannery, T.F. and Groves, C.P. 1998 A revision of the genus Zaglossus (Monotremata, Tachyglossidae), with description of new species and subspecies. Mammalia, 62(3): 367-396

Other websites[change | change source]

  • EDGE of Existence (Zaglossus spp.) - Saving the World's most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species

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