Talk:Short-beaked echidna

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Physical description[edit]

In preparation for the production of a spoken version of this article, I'd like to change:

The limbs of the Short-beaked Echidna are adapted for rapid digging, having short limbs and powerful claws.

which reads a little awkwardly, to:

The limbs of the Short-beaked Echidna are adapted for rapid(very fast) digging, being short and having powerful claws.

or something similar, if anyone can come up with an improvement. I'll do this in a few days, if nobody objects. Macropode 07:30, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

Reads clearer to me.--cj | talk 09:28, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

Featured Article of the Day[edit]

Can someone with more expertise than me request this article for Featured Article of the Day? I think it's worthy. Bibliomaniac15 00:46, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

Hatchlings are about 1.5 mm long and weigh between 0.3 and 0.4 grams.

No animal 1.5mm long can weight as much as 0.3 grams. Remember 1cm^3 of water weighs approximatley 1 gram. I'd say max would be <0.1 grams. I'm assuming since the article states that they eggs are around 13 to 15 mm in diameter it should say "Hatchlings are about 1.5 cm long and weigh between 0.3 and 0.4 grams."

New Guinea name[edit]

The species is found throughout Australia, where it is the most widespread native mammal, and in coastal and highland regions of southwestern New Guinea, where it is known as the Mungwe.

In what language? New Guinea is one of the most linguistically diverse places on the planet, and somehow I doubt all the languages there use the same name. Is this an Indonesian word, or a Tok Pisin word, or what? --Ptcamn 05:54, 24 May 2006 (UTC)

Thank you, Petaholmes! --Ptcamn 23:05, 25 May 2006 (UTC)

Most common echidna?[edit]

I read pretty much the whole article before finally realising that this article describes what most australians would call 'the echidna'. Could it be better explained in the introduction that this is by far the most common echidna found in Australia, and is the most well known, rather than being buried down in the "cultural references" section, or requiring a visit to echidna? Stevage 08:44, 24 May 2006 (UTC)


Hello! I would recommend you to protect this article! If not, the spammers will continue messing up this nice article. Admins, where are you? Then we should restore the right version.. Tilmandralle 16:26, 24 May 2006 (UTC)

Yes, they'll keep messing it up, and we will keep reverting it. The featured article of the day should never be protected: User:Raul654/protectionKeenan Pepper 16:44, 24 May 2006 (UTC)
Ok, thank you for answering. So we'll keep reverting :-) Tilmandralle 16:32, 25 May 2006 (UTC)

Who is messing with this? Are you referring to the They Might Be Giants addition in cultural references? That is a FACT. Why don't you make sure you don't delete the truth from the spam. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) .

Do they mention this species by name, or just echidna in general? - UtherSRG (talk) 00:40, 26 May 2006 (UTC)


The genus Zagl... has only one species in it, and so I can't understand the logic in this sentence: "This has conservation implications for the endangered species of echidna from the genus Zaglossus, and to a lesser extent for the Short-beaked Echidna". (Sorry for my bad english), Ybk33 00:58, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Your question is answered by going to the Zaglossus article.... there are three species in Zaglossus. - UtherSRG (talk) 01:57, 4 April 2007 (UTC)


This article might end up at WP:FAR due to a lack of citations. Judging by the list at WP:URFA it will probably get nominated soon as people work through the 2005 list and those are being worked through. YellowMonkey (cricket photo poll!) paid editing=POV 06:52, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

Other two sources of Stamps[edit]

I'm translating from this article to Japanese article now. I found two sources of stamps in 1974 and in 1987 which is on the Echidna, but I'm not sure whether can I add these source on the article or not because I don't know rules of English Wikipedia well. Then I'm writing this information;

  • Stamp Collections: Wild Animals and Lizards: There is a stamp of the Echidna in 1974 in Australia Section.
  • 1987 Wildlife II Definitives MUH Australia Stamp Set : I found this set on eBay, so google it by this name.

At least, those stamps were issued. Regards--Koolah (talk) 08:47, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

I hate to sound rude, but given your poor English writing skills, you shouldn't be writing on the English wiki. Thanks for the sources though. - UtherSRG (talk) 12:34, 8 May 2010 (UTC)
Sorry for writing in my poor English. If you don't like my edit, please revert it.--Koolah (talk) 02:10, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

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What pouch? What burrow?[edit]

The top of the article refers to baby echnidas moving out of their mothers' pouches and burrows (Baby echidnas eventually grow too large and spiky to stay in the pouch and, at around six months of age, they leave the burrow). However, there is nothing in the article that explains a) when, where and how the egg hatches; b) that the mother has a pouch and the baby climbs in; and c) what burrow all this is taking place in. Can someone add more information? Risssa (talk) 03:45, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

More sub-headings[edit]

I feel navigation about this article would benefit by having more headings/sub-headings, for example "Senses" and "Adaptations" with relevant sub-headings. Normally, I would be bold in my editing and do this, however, it is a featured article and therefore a lot of work has already been done and my headings might therefore cause a little controversy. What do people think about the addition of headings?__DrChrissy (talk) 20:18, 12 June 2013 (UTC)