The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young.
The Platypus is the sole survivor of the whole family of the Ornithorhynchidae. They are characterized by having the duck-bill, a flat tail for swimming and have hard plates in the mouth, instead of teeth. Genus: Ornithorhynchus. Any Ornithorhynchus is a member of the family, Ornithorhynchidae, in which case, it must be a Platypus!
Platypus is well adapted for semi-aquatic lifestyle. Its streamline body and a broad, flat tail are covered with dense waterproof fur, which provides excellent thermal insulation. The Platypus propels itself through the water by using its front, short, webbed limbs, and the partially-webbed hind feet act as rudders.
Teacher Notes/ Activity/Worksheets . ... (exception here is that platypus and echidna lay eggs) - The mother feeds milk to their young - They all have lungs Birds - They are warm blooded ... -Design a classification flow chart with the understanding that you have
Scientific classification: The platypus makes up the family Ornithorhynchidae, in the order Monotremata. the platypus and the echidna have huge brains given their low intelligence. scientists speculate that they need this higher brain to IQ ratio , because they do ...
Molecular classification of placentals. Molecular studies by molecular systematists, based on DNA analysis, in the early 21st century have revealed new relationships among mammal families. Classification systems based on molecular studies reveal three major groups or lineages of placental mammals- Afrotheria, Xenarthra, and Boreotheria- which diverged from early common ancestors in the Cretaceous.
The Duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a small mammal of the order Monotremata.It lives in eastern Australia.. It lives in rivers and on river banks. It is one of only two families of mammals which lay eggs. The other is the Echidna, which has four species.The platypus was first described in detail in the early 19th century, but it took a while before biologists in England ...
The next change in the platypus’ name was to Ornithorhynchus Anatinus, which means duck-like animal with a bird-like mouth. However, the name platypus was the one preferred by most people, which is why it has remained. Protection. In the 1800s, the platypus was hunted for its fur.
Platypus, (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), also called duckbill, a small amphibious Australian mammal noted for its odd combination of primitive features and special adaptations, especially the flat, almost comical bill that early observers thought was that of a duck sewn onto the body of a mammal. Adding to its distinctive appearance are conspicuous white patches of fur under the eyes.
I use the Mammal Powerpoint Presentation with this chart because there are some fantasic images of animals and short video clips that the students enjoy. This method does take some time though, plan for at least two days and perhaps more because students will ask a lot of questions and share stories about their own animal encounters.