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Scientific Name: 
Zaglossus bartoni
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Monotremata
Family: 
Tachyglossidae
Genus: 
Zaglossus
Species: 
bartoni
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Population Trend: 
Decreasing

The Long-beaked Echidna is a monotreme – a mammal that lays eggs – like its Australian relatives, the Short-beaked Echidna and the Platypus. A simple pouch forms on their belly in which the egg is incubated. Once hatched, the baby, called a puggle, laps milk from pores in mums skin rather than suckling on a teat.

These are the only Long-beaked Echidnas outside New Guinea, and Taronga Zoo is working to discover more about their breeding biology.

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Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Year assessed: 
2008