C1860

Australia. Echidna, or Porcupine Ant-Eater

Scarce engraving of a pair of echidnas with grass trees. 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 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Australia. Echidna, or Porcupine Ant-Eater

Date:

C1860

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Colour printed engraving.

Image Size: 

255mm 
x 175mm
AUTHENTICITY
Australia. Echidna, or Porcupine Ant-Eater - Antique Print from 1860

Genuine antique
dated:

1860

Description:

Scarce engraving of a pair of echidnas with grass trees.

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.

Common names Short-beaked Echidna, Echidna, Spiny Anteater or Porcupine.
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

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