Megalibgwilia owenii Krefft, 1868

Owen's echidna (proposed)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Echidna owenii Krefft, 1868; Echidna oweni Krefft, 1868; Tachyglossus oweni Krefft, 1868; Megalibgwilia ramsayi Owen, 1884; [i]Echidna robusta[/i] Dun, 1895; [i]Zaglossus robusta[/i] Dun, 1895; [i]Proechidna robusta[/i] Dun, 1895


Conservation Status

Last recorded from the Late Pleistocene



Australia (incl. New South Wales & Tasmania)












Original scientific description:

Krefft, Gerard. (1868). On the discovery of a new and gigantic fossil species of Echidna in Australia. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 1: 113-114.


Other references:

Glauert, Ludwig. (1914). The mammoth cave (continued). Records of the Western Australian Museum 1: 244-251.

Helge, Kristofer M., Miguez, Roberto Portela, Kohen, James L. and Helgen, Lauren E. (2012). Twentieth century occurrence of the Long-Beaked Echidna Zaglossus bruijnii in the Kimberley region of Australia. Zookeys (255): 103-132.

Murray, P. F. (1978). A Pleistocene spiny anteater from Tasmania (Monotremata: Tachyglossidae, Zaglossus). Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 112: 39-67.

Stephenson, N. G. (1963). Growth gradients among fossil monotremes and marsupials. Palaeontology 6(4): 615-624.


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