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Short-beaked echidna (sometimes called spiny anteater)
Short-beaked Echidna
Short-nosed echidna
Short-beaked Echidna.jpg
Caption
Conservation status
Status
Scientific classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Monotremata
Family ???
Genus Tachyglossus
Species T. aculeatus
Binomial name
Tachyglossus aculeatus
measures 30-45 cm (13.5-17.5 in.) long and weighs 2-5 kg (6.5-14.5 lb.). Although it resembles a porcupine or hedgehog, closer inspection of the echidna reveals some of the animal's more unusual traits.
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