Zaglossus attenboroughi Flannery & Groves, 1998:387

Attenborough's echidna, Cyclops long-beaked echidna, Sir David's long-beaked echidna



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1961

Rediscovered in 2007 (indirect signs)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered


The "rediscovery" consisted of indirect signs, and thus the animal itself has not been spotted since 1961 (Baillie et al., 2009).



Cyclops Mountains, New Guinea


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Flannery, Timothy F. and Groves, Colin P. (1988). A revision of the genus Zaglossus (Monotremata, Tachyglossidae), with description of new species and subspecies. Mammalia 62: 367-396.


Other references:

Baillie, J. E. M., Turvey, Samuel T. and Waterman, C. (2009). Survival of Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna (Zaglossus attenboroughi) in New Guinea. Oryx 43(1): 146-148.

Flannery, T. (1995). Mammals of New Guinea. Sydney, Australia: Australian Museum / Reed New Holland.

Leary, T., Seri, L., Flannery, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Allison, A., James, R., Aplin, K., Salas, L. & Dickman, C. (2008). Zaglossus attenboroughi. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 24 February 2013.


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