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Platypus or Duck-billed platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, eating a Australian freshwater crayfish, Cherax quadricarinatus. They also eat worms, insect larvae, freshwater shrimps that it digs out of the riverbed with its snout or catches while swimming. It uses cheek-pouches to carry prey to the surface, where it is eaten. The platypus needs to eat about 20% of its own weight each day, which requires it to spend an average of 12 hours daily looking for food. 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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Ils mangent aussi des vers, des larves d’insectes, des crevettes d’eau douce qu’il déterre du lit de la rivière avec son museau ou ses prises en nageant. Il utilise des poches à joues pour transporter ses proies vers la surface, où il est mangé. L’ornithorynque doit consommer environ 20% de son propre poids chaque jour, ce qui l’oblige à passer en moyenne 12 heures par jour à la recherche de nourriture. Ils ont un sentiment d'électroréception localisant leur proie en partie en détectant les champs électriques générés par les contractions musculaires.


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

Wild animal / Crustacean / Decapod / Crayfish / Australian red claw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus)

Area / Freshwater wetland area / Body of water

Species / Species particularity / Endemic

Individual / Nobody

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

Species / IUCN Red List of Threatened Species / Low Risk (IUCN) LR / Least Concern (IUCN) LC

Species / Species particularity / Electric species

Image processing / Digital assembly

Oceania / Australia / Queensland QLD

Space / Sun / Sunbeam

Area / Naturalness / Natural area

Shot / Overview

Motion / Locomotion / Swim

Behavior / Catch


Enumeration / Alone

Species / Relation between species / Predation / Prey

Species / Relation between species / Predation / Predator

Individual / Stage of development / Adult

Shot / Underwater shot

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Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Protostomia / Articulata / Arthropoda / Crustacea / Branchiata / Malacostraca / Eumalocostraca / Decapoda / Astacoidea / Parastacidae / Cherax

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

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