echidna

(redirected from spiny anteater)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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).
References in periodicals archive ?
By the time modern platypuses and spiny anteaters arose without adult teeth, the biting evidence was buried in the past.
The world's only other monotreme is the echidna, or spiny anteater, which is also native to Australia.
Mammals abound in the rain forestas well and include the tree kangaroo; the nocturnal and predominantly vegetarian possum; the echidna, or spiny anteater, whose quills make it look like a porcupine; the dingo, an Australian species that resembles the dog but belongs to the wolf family; the platypus, Australia's most unusual animal, which swims like fish, lays eggs like birds, and gives milk like mammals; and the tiny-eyed, insecteating horseshoe bat.