Platypus : New Research
New research revealed that platypuses are disappearing from waterways after the Black Summer bushfires swept across eastern Australia in 2019–20.
- Platypus is a duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed, egg-laying mammal.
- It is a small species of semi-aquatic mammal indigenous to the eastern coast of Australia.
- They are solitary animal that despite occupying overlapping home ranges, only comes together during the breeding season.
- They are nocturnal hunters.
- They are found in freshwater systems from tropical rainforest lowlands and plateaus of far northern Queensland to cold, high altitudes of Tasmania and the Australian Alps.
- Conservation status
- IUCN: Near Threatened