Megalibgwilia ramsayi (Owen, 1884)
Ramsay's echidna (proposed)
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Echidna ramsayi Owen, 1884 (original combination); Zaglossus ramsayi Owen, 1884
Dun (1895) described a new species of tachyglossid that he named Echidna robusta. Murray (1978a) placed E. robusta in Zaglossus so that it became known as Z. robusta. However, he almost immediately (Murray, 1978b) synonymized this species with Echidna ramsayi (Owen, 1884) when he had examined extra post-cranial material, but simultaneously transferred E. ramsayi to Zaglossus, the genus to which he had originally assigned the junior Z. robusta in the first place. Z. ramsayi, as it became known, was again transferred to a new genus erected by (Griffiths et al. 1991): Megalibgwilia. No further taxonomic changes have taken place since.
This species was considered possibly synonymous with M. owenii (Glauert, 1914; Murray, 1978a). It is a synonym of M. owenii according to (Helgen et al., 2012). An estimated weight of 10-12kg has been given by (Johnson, 2006).
Last record: Late Pleistocene?
Australia (New South Wales & Tasmania)
See (Griffiths et al. 1991).
Original scientific description:
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