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Platypus or Duck-billed platypus, Omithorhynchus anatinus, at the surface of a brook half emersed. Split view at surface. It's 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 male's spurs deliver venom for defense. They have a sense of electroreception locating their prey in part by detecting electric fields generated by muscular contractions. Queensland, Australia. Composite image

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Wild animal / Mammal / Monotreme / Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Species / Species particularity / Endemic

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Matter (substance) / Water (matter) / Water surface

Species / IUCN Red List of Threatened Species / Low Risk (IUCN) LR / Near Threatened species (IUCN) NT

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Oceania / Australia / Queensland QLD

Shot / Split view

Area / Naturalness / Natural area

Shot / Front shot

Shot / Portrait

Motion / Locomotion / Swim

Enumeration / Alone

Individual / Stage of development / Adult

Area / Freshwater wetland area / Body of water / River (stream)

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Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Deuterostomia / Chordata / Vertebrata / Synapsida / Mammalia / Monotremata / Ornithorhynchidae / Ornithorhynchus

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