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SPECIES Tachyglossus aculeatus

Author:Shaw, 1792.
Citation:Nat. Misc., 3: pl. 109.
Common Name:Short-beaked Echidna
Type Locality:Australia, New South Wales, New Holland (= Sydney).
Distribution:S and E New Guinea; Australia, including Kangaroo Isl (off South Australia) and Tasmania.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (nt) as T. a. multiaculeatus; otherwise Lower Risk (lc). Abundant throughout its range.
Comments:Includes lawesii and setosus, see Ride (1970:231). Subspecies are unclear, and revision is needed. Species name commonly attributed to Shaw and Nodder, but Nodder was the publisher, not an author.
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SUBSPECIES aculeatus

SUBSPECIES acanthion


SUBSPECIES multiaculeatus



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