Zaglossus Buijni: The Latin Name For The Western Long Beaked Echidna

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Zaglossus bruijni is the Latin name for the Western Long-beaked Echidna (IUCN, 2016). In 1982 the species became Vulnerable up until 1994 where it then increased to endangered, the most up to date assessment on the Western Long- Beaked Echidna in 2008 and classes it as Critically Endangered (IUCN,2016). This species is found in the Vogelkop Peninsula of Papua Province, Indonesia. It had been thought to have been Australia at one point due to the aboriginal artwork located on Arnhem Land as well as Pleistocene fossil remains. However, is now considered to be extinct (Helegen & Flannery, 2016). The diet of the Zaglossus bruijni consists mainly of earthworms, however, insect larvae and ants, they use the spikes on their tongue to grip onto the …show more content…
The animal cells miss a wall which the plant cells have, In comparison to plants and organisms, animals have the ability to perform complex and fast movements. The reason the Zaglossus bruijni falls under this kingdom is because it is an animal, therefore, it falls under the Animalia classification. (Myers, 2001)
Phylum - Chordata
A chordate is within the phylum classification, it includes humans and vertebrae however not all chordates are vertebrates. All species under the Chordata classification have the following:
Pharyngeal Slits - a few slits/ openings in the pharynx and act as gills for some species. It is found in the jaw and inner ear in terrestrial species.
Dorsal nerve cord - a bunch of nerve fibres which is found along the back, it connects lateral muscles as well as organs to the brain.
Notochord - a cartilage rod running below the nerve cord, it also supports it.
Post-anal tail - It is referred to an extension past the anal opening on the body. Often found during embryonic stages.(No name,2016)
Complete digestive system
Class - Mammalia
There are around 5000 species in the class Mammalia which are then placed in 26 orders. (Wund and Myers,2005). In order to class as a mammal, they must share these three characteristics which are not found in other animals:
3 middle ear bones ( malleus, incus and stapes)
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One thing Zaglossus bruijni and monotremes have in common are a bird-like skull where there is a long nasal bone having the appearance of a beak. (IUCN,2006)The Zaglossus bruijni is an egg laying mammal which monotreme animals do, the Zaglossus bruijni usually produces one egg which hatches after 10 days, the young will then continue to stay in the pouch until the young Zaglossus bruijni begins to form its spikes on its back. (AnimalInfo,2005)The Zaglossus bruijni has no teats, because of this there are mammary glands inside the pouch where milk is for the young. They also class as a monotreme due to the fact the Zaglossus bruijni and platypus share a common thing which is that they have the same opening for where they dispose of waste and reproduce. (No name

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