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[ plˈatɪpəs], [ plˈatɪpəs], [ p_l_ˈa_t_ɪ_p_ə_s]

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The platypus is a mammal of the order Monotremata. Only one species is currently recognised, the eastern platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). Platypuses have a distinctive bill which is flattened on the front and concave on the rear. Their fur is soft and water repellent. They are mainly nocturnal, but sometimes emerge during the day to forage in streams. Platypuses breed in permanent waterbodies, but the raising of young is not well understood. The platypus is the only monotreme to lay eggs.

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