Zaglossus bartoni Thomas, 1907

T. F. Flannery & C. P. Groves, 1998, A revision of the genus Zaglossus (Monotremata, Tachyglossidae), with description of new species and subspecies, Mammalia 62 (3), pp. 367-396: 381

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Zaglossus bartoni Thomas, 1907


Zaglossus bartoni Thomas, 1907  

Diagnosis: Distinguishable from Z. bruijnii   by invariably possessing five claws on the forefeet, and at least four (usually five) on the hindfeet. The orbitotemporal fossa is reduced, with an anteriorly extensive plate at its posterior end. The palate is flattened posteriorly. The brain-case tends to be high crowned. Differs from the species based on sample 6 in the colour of the fur and its larger size.

Four subspecies are recognised: Z. b. bartoni   , Z. b. clunius   , Z. b. smeenki   subsp. nov., and Z. b. diamondi   subsp. nov.; these are differentiated mainly by size and proportional differences.

Zaglossus bartoni   has a distribution which is virtually identical with that of a number of other mammal species, including Phalanger carmelitae   , Pseudochirops corinnae   . Urornys anak, and Anisomys imitator   . These are all moderately large mammals which inhabit the mid to upper montane forest.