Tachyglossus aculeatus

Photograph by James Wood.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.

Tachyglossus aculeatusshort-beaked echidna, or spiny anteater, wandering along the edge of the Jordan River, Midlands, Tasmania. One of Australia’s two native monotremes. Echidnas in Tasmania are somewhat hairier than individuals on the mainland and are recognized as subspecies setosus, one of five recognized subspecies.