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Ornithorhynchus anatinus

Duck-billed platypus

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Containing group: Monotremata

Other Names for Ornithorhynchus anatinus


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Scientific Name Ornithorhynchus anatinus
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Scientific Name Ornithorhynchus anatinus
Location Australia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
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