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Tachyglossus aculeatus Shaw 1792 (short-beaked echidna)

Osteichthyes - Monotremata - Tachyglossidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 231485

Alternative combination: Myrmecophaga aculeatus

Synonyms: Echidna aculeata Shaw 1792 (no. 166587), Echidna australis Lesson 1836 (no. 166590), Echidna breviaculeata Tiedemann 1808 (no. 166595), Echidna hystrix Home 1802 (no. 233700), Myrmecophaga aculeata Shaw 1792 (no. 166586), Ornithorhynchus hystrix Home 1802 (no. 166588), Tachyglossus aculeata Shaw 1792 (no. 166589)

Belongs to Tachyglossus according to M. L. Augee et al. 2006

Sister taxa: none

Subtaxa: Tachyglossus aculeatus acanthion, Tachyglossus aculeatus aculeatus, Tachyglossus aculeatus lawesii, Tachyglossus aculeatus multiaculeatus, Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus

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Ecology: scansorial insectivore

Average measurements (in mm): femur length 51.0, fibula length 46.8, humerus length 41.8, radius length 37.2, scapula length 37.6, skull 99.6 x 33.7, tibia length 48.9, ulna length 51.9

Estimated body mass: 506.8 g based on femur length, humerus length, tibia length, and ulna length