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echidna

any of the spine-covered MONOTREME mammals of the family Tachyglossidae, found in Australia and New Guinea. They have a long snout and claws for digging out ants.

echidna

an Australian terrestrial anteater; a burrower with a long snout and tongue. A monotreme. Called also spiny anteater, Tachyglossus and Zaglossus spp. Includes long-nosed echidna (Zaglossus bruijni), short-nosed echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus).
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The puggle, as a baby echidna is called, hitchhikes for weeks as mom forages.
Hesiod's use of personal pronouns is notoriously opaque in the section of the Theogony's catalogue of monsters where Echidna is described.
Historically, the land on which Karakamia now sits would have supported about 15 mammal species, but when the property was first surveyed, there were only three: kangaroos, which were too big for the foxes, a few bush wallabies and some echidnas, which are too prickly for the feral predators to take on.
Attending to echidna use of stumps connects the current forest and its inhabitants with past use, and to some extent, values and understandings.
In the case of Knuckles, that meant putting the once Sonic-sized sidekick through puberty -- not steroids -- in an effort to make the burly red echidna stand out from the pack, as well as pack a punch.
Scientists have long considered the long-beaked echidna (Zaglossus bartoni) nearly impossible to study.
The upgrades were part of Project Air 5416 - Project Echidna, in which Australia awarded a AUSD 135 million contract to BAE Systems in 2005 to design, develop, integrate and install electronic warfare self-protection capability for the army's Black Hawk and Boeing CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters.
Along with Jonathan Baillie, who explores Papua in search of the long-beaked echidna (which looks sort of like a small aardvark with porcupine quills), we meet Sam Turvey who researches the Yangtze River dolphin, Kate Jones who travels through Asia looking for the bumblebee bat and Ben Collen whose current focus is the pygmy hippo of western Africa.
The echidna has a specialized snout for probing into anthills and a very long tongue, while the platypus has a bill, not dissimilar to that of some ducks, which is used to probe underwater in search of food items.
The long-beaked echidna does not share much in common with the golden-rumped elephant shrew, although both are endangered.
of New South Wales) and his fellow echidna enthusiast co-author and illustrator use the most recent research to fully describe this delightful and unique creature.
Along the way the three friends meet and defeat Procrustes, Charon, Medusa, Echidna (mother of monsters), and Ares, who is masquerading as a Santa Monica biker bad guy.