I have come up with a list of common questions you may have about the platypus. Most of this information can also be found throughout the site, but I placed it here for a quick and easy primer.

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What is the scientific name for the platypus?

Ornithorhynchus anatinus


What is the plural form of platypus?

There is no universal agreed upon plural form for the platypus. Scientists generally use "platypuses", "platypoda", or simply "platypus". Colloquially, "platypi" is also used for the plural, although this is spurious pseudo-Latin. (The true plural would be "platypodes".)


Do they have any natural enemies?

The crocodile.


What are other common names?

There are many names including the duckbill, watermole, and duckmole.



What did the native Australians call it?

The native aborigines called it by many names, including mallangong, boondaburra, and tambreet.



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