Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)
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Class: Mammalia — mammals
Order: Monotremata — monotremes (egg-laying mammals)
Family: Tachyglossidae — echidnas, spiny anteaters
Species: Tachyglossus aculeatus - short-beaked echidna
Subspecies: Tachyglossus aculeatus acanthion
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Many thanks to Dr. Stewart C. Nicol for providing expert content review of this fact sheet.
Dr. Nicol is Professor and Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia. Since the 1980s, he has conducted field and laboratory research on the ecophysiology of monotremes (echidnas, platypus). Dr. Nicol has published extensively on many aspects of echidna biology, including physiology, diet, communication, reproduction, breeding behavior, anatomy, and evolution.
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