Spoiler alert: monotreme marsupial stops Bathurst 1000

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Echidna ? monotreme marsupial ? I thought they were called hedgehogs. They belong to the echidna family, i think.
I don't know about australia, but they are a protected specie here.
 

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Echidna ? monotreme marsupial ? I thought they were called hedgehogs. They belong to the echidna family, i think.
I don't know about australia, but they are a protected specie here.

Egglaying marsupiaL - it lays leathery eggs like a reptile directly into its pouch like a kangaroo or wombat. It's a reptilian throwback 30-50 million years old.

It's got a common ancestor with the platypus and indeed they're protected.

Despite appearances it has nothing in common with anteaters from America or Britain's hedgehogs. It's an example of parallel evolution.

https://australian.museum/learn/species-identification/ask-an-expert/what-is-a-monotreme/
 

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Thanks for the clarification, folks. I think we only have hedgehogs here.
 




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