C1896

Common Echidna

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 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Common Echidna

Date:

C1896

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Colour printed engraving.

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 115mm
AUTHENTICITY
Common Echidna - Antique Print from 1896

Genuine antique
dated:

1896

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

Richard Lydekker F.R.S., F.G.S., and F.Z.S (1849 - 1915)

Lydekker was a British naturalist and geologist and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1874 he joined the Geological Survey of India and made studies of the vertebrate palaeontology of northern India.  He was also influential in the science of biogeography and in 1895 he delineated the biogeographical boundary through Indonesia which is now known as Lydekker's Line.

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