Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus
(Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1803)
English : Short-beaked echidna
French : Echidné à nez court
Class : Mammalia
Order : Monotremata
Family : Tachyglossidae
Notes : 4 other subspecies known.
Up to 45 cm body length, weight up to 6 kg. Unmistakable species with a beak about 6 cm length. Strong claws on all limbs. Brown hairs, body (except from head) covered with long and thick spines (beige-yellow and black).
Range and habitat
This subspecies occurs in Tasmania and Bass Strait Islands. Species found throughout Australia, south-east New Guinea, Tasmania and Bass Strait Islands. Lives in all kinds of habitats, from woodlands to grasslands and arid areas.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not listed
Status : The species isn’t threatened and remains protected throughout Australia. New Guinean and Kangaroo Islands populations declining due to hunting.
Ex-Situ Programs : SSP in America