19 July, 2009

More Platypus

A north Queensland female Platypus showing the structure of her leathery bill and the golden patch below her eye. It is obvious that I have mislead some of you by saying in the past that their eyebrows are golden; sorry. Platypus have no teeth but use bony plates to grind the food brought to the surface in their cheek pouches.
Here is a view of the hind foot of a female.
And below is the spur of a young adult male.
Bergman's principle illustrated!

Thanks to Stephen Kolomyjec for the pictures in this blog.

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