Echidnas, platypus – monotremes are amazing. They are also subject of an exploratory project to align two highly influential classifications of mammals using the Euler/X toolkit. Of course we are talking about:
- Mammal Species of the World, 3rd Edition. 2005.
- Mammal Species of the World, 2nd Edition. 1993. [not or no longer available on-line; which relates to our project’s aims.]
The respective 1993 & 2005 monotreme classifications were authored by Colin Groves. Thanks to MSW Editor DeeAnn Reeder for enthusiasm and support. Below is an abbreviated representation of how we aligned the two classifications. Most critically, in 1998 Zaglossus sec. Flannery & Groves (1998) was revised, and a new species (concept) Z. attenboroughi was added. Let us see what else changed..