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A Pleistocene spiny anteater from Tasmania (Monotremata: Tachyglossidae, Zaglossus)


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Murray, P (1978) A Pleistocene spiny anteater from Tasmania (Monotremata: Tachyglossidae, Zaglossus). Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 112. pp. 39-68. ISSN 0080-4703

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A partially articulated skeleton of a fossil Zaglossus from a cave located near Montagu, Tasmania, differs sufficiently from Zaglossus bruijni to warrant its assignment to another species. The Montagu specimen is probably conspecific with "Echidna (Proechidna)" robusta Dun, 1895 which includes the misnomer "Ornithorhynchus maximus" Dun 1895. The Montagu fossil is also conspecific with Zaglossus harrissoni Scott and Lord, 1921, from King Island Tasmania. Echidna owenii and Echidna ramsayi are suggested to be nomina vana because they are represented by undiagnostic fragments. Comparison of the cranium and certain postcranial elements of the Montagu Zaglossus with Zaglossus bruijni reflect possible differences in feeding behavior between the two species.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 39-68
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 28 May 2012 03:21
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:36
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