Long-beaked echidna

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Long-beaked echidnas[1]
Temporal range: Miocene to present
Western long-beaked echidna
(Zaglossus bruijni)
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Class: Mammalia
Order: Monotremata
Family: Tachyglossidae
Genus: Zaglossus
Gill, 1877
Type species
Zaglossus 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 only two types of living 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]

  1. Groves, C.P. (2005). "Order Monotremata". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 1–2. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  • 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

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