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Scientific Classification
Platypus

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Monotremata

Family

Ornithorhynchidae

Genus

Ornithorhynchus

Species

O. anatinus

The Platypus is a former cryptid first thought to be a sewn together as a hoax.

The platypus was once considered to be a cryptid because it has the characteristics of reptile, mammal, and bird. Platypuses ("platypi" and "platypodes" are also considered acceptable plural forms) were first encountered by Europeans in 1798. The first specimen given to British scientists was hem trying to unstick the "ducks bill" because they thought it was a sewn together fake made by Chinese taxonomists. The same platypus now resides in a British museum and the scissor marks are still visible on the bill. 

It is one of the few egg laying mammals and is a member of the order of monotremata. Now, its habitat is on the eastern side of Australia, and until the early 20th century it was hunted for its fur but is now protected all over its habitat.The platypus is the animal emblem of the state of New South Wales and is on the reverse of its 20 cent coin. It uses its tail for the storage of fat reserves, a trait similar to the fat-tailed sheep and Tasmanian devil.


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