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Zaglossus robusta Dun 1894 (echidna)

Mammalia - Monotremata - Tachyglossidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 166836

Alternative combinations: Echidna (Proechidna) robusta, Megalibgwilia robusta

Synonyms: Ornithorhynchus maximus Dun 1894 (no. 166577), Zaglossus harrissoni Scott and Lord 1922 (no. 166668)

Full reference: W. S. Dun. 1894. Notes on the occurrence of monotreme remains in the Pliocene of New South Wales. Records of the Geological Survey of New South Wales 41:118-126

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

Sister taxa: Echidna oweni, Zaglossus attenboroughi, Zaglossus bartoni, Zaglossus bruijni, Zaglossus hacketti, Acanthoglossus goodfellowi

Type specimens:

  • Zaglossus robusta: Its type locality is Canadian Lead, Gulgong, which is in a Pliocene terrestrial horizon in Australia
  • Ornithorhynchus maximus: type in the Mining and Geological Museum, Sydney, a limb element (right humerus).
  • Zaglossus harrissoni: Its type locality is King Island, which is in a Pleistocene terrestrial horizon in Australia.

Ecology: scansorial insectivore