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Nyingarn is a spiny mammal who eats lots of termites. The English name is Echidna, from the Ancient Greek monster who was half woman wer half snake. There are other types of Echidna, not endemic to Australia, so the full English name for the nyingarn is the short-beaked Echidna. Its scientific name is Tachyglossus aculeatus and its conservation status is "Least Concern".
The nyingarn is a type of mammal called a monotreme. These are mammals who lay eggs rather than giving birth to live young. The young nyingarn is called in English a 'puggle', not a 'joey'. Since they are like reptiles in laying eggs, but give milk to their young like mammals, the half mammal/half reptile Ancient Greek monster is an appropriate choice for the English name. There are only five living species of monotremes, yennar from Australia wer New Guinea. In Australia there is the platypus in the Eastern States, wer the nyingarn whose range covers yennar of Australia wer also parts of New Guinea. There are also 3 species of long-beaked echidna which only live in New Guinea.