short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
PORCUPINE ANT-EATER = short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)
DUCK MOLE = duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
PLATE LXIV MONOTREMATA
Author Hugh Craig, ed.
Full title Johnson's household book of nature, containing full and interesting descriptions of the animal kingdom, based upon the writings of the eminent naturalists, Audubon, Wallace, Brehm, Wood and others.
The short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is one of four living species of echidna and the only member of the genus Tachyglossus. It is covered in fur and spines and has a distinctive snout and a specialized tongue, which it uses to catch its insect prey at a great speed. Like the other extant monotremes, the short-beaked echidna lays eggs; the monotremes are the only group of mammals to do so.
The platypus or duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. It is one of the extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth.