platypus

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platypus

an aquatic animal of the order Monotremata, found only in Australia. It resembles a beaver, being about 12 to 16 inches long, covered with fine red-brown to gray fur, with a broad, dorsally flattened tail, webbed and clawed paws, and a broad flat, duck-like beak. It lives in a burrow that has an underwater entrance. It lays eggs, hatches them and feeds the young from milk which is discharged through the skin in a skinfold. Called also duckbill, duckmole, Ornithorhynchus anatinus.
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Joan Calkoen, 'Beschryving van den Ornithorhynchus paradoxus of zonderbaar zoogend vogel-bek-dier van Nieuw-Hollandia' in Natuurkundige Verhandelingen van de Bataafsche Maatschappy der Wetenschappen te Haarlem, d.
While Geering (1983:table 5) recorded a single monotreme bone (platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus) from between spits A10NW to A14, neither this nor the echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) was identified during this study.
Circadian activity rhythms in the Australian platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus (Monotremata).