Short-beaked echidna

This cute Echidna was found roaming around sugarloaf reservoir in Victoria, Australia. It is one of the four extant species of echidnas and belongs to the species Tachyglossus aculeatus (Monotrematae - Tachyglossidae), better known as Short-beaked echidna

Tachyglossus aculeatus is the only species of the genus, and can be found throughout southern and eastern New Guinea, mainland Australia, Kangaroo Island, and Tasmania.

Did you know that the longest recorded lifespan for Tachyglossus aculeatus is 50 years in captivity?. There are anecdotal accounts of wild individuals living as long as 45 years. There is no doubt this species is particularly long-lived, especially for its size. A lifespan of 50 years is 3.7 times longer than would be expected based on echidna body size.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Jarrod Calati

Locality: Victoria, Australia.

Short billed echidna by ejhrap on Flickr.

Echidna - Kangaroo Island, Australia

“Echidnas are small, solitary mammals covered with coarse hair and spines. Superficially, they resemble the anteaters of South America and other spiny mammals such as hedgehogs and porcupines. They have elongated and slender snouts which function as both mouth and nose. Like the platypus, they are equipped with electrosensors, but while the platypus has 40,000 electroreceptors on its bill, the long-billed echidna has only 2,000, and the short-billed echidna, which lives in a drier environment, has no more than 400 located at the tip of its snout. They have very short, strong limbs with large claws, and are powerful diggers. Echidnas have tiny mouths and toothless jaws. The echidna feeds by tearing open soft logs, anthills and the like, and using its long, sticky tongue, which protrudes from its snout, to collect prey”

“Echidnas and the platypus are the only egg-laying mammals, known as monotremes. The female lays a single soft-shelled, leathery egg 22 days after mating, and deposits it directly into her pouch. Hatching takes place after 10 days; the young echidna then sucks milk from the pores of the two milk patches (monotremes have no nipples) and remains in the pouch for 45 to 55 days, at which time it starts to develop spines. The mother digs a nursery burrow and deposits the young, returning every five days to suckle it until it is weaned at seven months.”


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Short-beaked echidna 

The Short-beaked echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus (Monotrematae - Tachyglossidae), is the most widely distributed endemic Australian mammal, and echidnas from different geographic areas differ so much in appearance that they have been assigned to several subspecies.

This is the tasmanian subspecies, Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus. They look a lot more cuddly and have a lot more hair than the ones on the Australian mainland that are all spines.

Echidnas lay shell covered eggs that hatch outside the mother’s body, and although they do not have teats, secrete milk through several pores in the belly.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Donovan Wilson | Locality: Tasmania

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Long-beaked echidna (Zaglossus bartoni) - rare species from Foja Mountains, New Guinea, Indonesia | ©CI_Singapore

Long-beaked echidnas (Zaglossus bartoni) belong to an ancient clade of egg-laying mammals that includes the platypus of Australia. They are easily distinguished from short-beaked echidnas by their long snouts, which account for two-thirds of the length of the head.

Long-beaked echidnas are monotremes, a group that also includes the short-beaked echidna and duck-billed platypus. Fossil evidence indicates that this group of mammals has changed very little during the last 100 million years.

This species, endemic to New Guinea, is classified as Critically Endangered on the 2010 IUCN Red List.

Animalia - Chordata - Mammalia - Monotremata - Tachyglossidae - Zaglossus - Z. bartoni

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