Echidne Austral Echidna Australis Less.

Title: Echidne Austral Echidna Australis Less.
Date: C1816
Artist: Antoine-Charles Vauthier (1790-1879)
Image Size: 120mm x 150mm (4.72" x 5.91")
Technique: Copper engraving with original hand colouring
Condition: In good condition.
Stock Number: DDSN ANI AA 001 (NGPD) (B009) (1)
07964
Price: $A 195
Description:

The first sighting and drawing of an Echidna was made on 9th February, 1792 by George Tobin, who had been third lieutenant on Bligh's second voyage at Adventure Bay. "The only animals seen, were the Kangaroo, and a kind of sloth about the size of a roasting pig with a proboscis two of three inches in length."

By July 1792 George Shaw had provided the first scientific description and included it among the giant anteaters, Myrmecophaga, of South America. Several other names were proposed and found to be invalid before Illger coined the name Tachyglossus in 1811.

Modern common names: Short-beaked Echidna, Echidna, Spiny Anteater or Porcupine.
Modern binomial name: Tachyglossus aculeatus
First described: Shaw 1792
Distribution: Australia wide (mainland).

Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 39-43, ill. 30-31, 39-43

From Cuvier, Dictionnaire des Sciences Naturelles.

Biography:

Antoine-Charles Vauthier (1790-1879)

Vauthier was a French entomologist, botanist, author and natural history illustrator. His father, Michel Vauthier, was a miniaturist at Versailles and later a publisher and art dealer in Paris. Vauthier was a collector of plants and insects in Brazil, arriving in Rio de Janeiro in December 1831 and returning to France, arriving at the port of Toulon on 21 May 1833. He is commemorated in some 40 species names.