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  • My biodiversity project is about the platypus or Ornithorhychusanatinus. It is a very unique animal.
  • To the right of this slide, you can see the different taxonomic ranks. Taxonomic ranks are levels in taxonomic hiearchy.
  • The platypus has a sleek and slender appearance.
  • The platypus only lives in eastern Australia, nowhere else in the entire world.
  • First, the female platypus lays 1-3 eggs. When the egg hatches, it is called a puggle. As it matures, it becomes an adult platypus.
  • The platypus eats these ,
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    1. 1. The PlatypusOrnithorhychus anatinus By Daniel Meikle
    2. 2. Scientific Classification• Kingdom:Animalia• Phylum:Chordata• Class:Mammalia• Order:Monatremata• Family:Ornithorhynchidae• Genus:Ornithorhynchus• Species:O.anatinus [Ornithorhynchus anatinus]
    3. 3. Appearance• Brown fur• Duck-like bill that can be black/brown• Webbed feet• Paddle-like tail that is broad and flat• Venomous spur by ankle
    4. 4. Habitat• In eastern Australia• Fresh water creeks• Lakes• Lagoons
    5. 5. Life cycle• First, the female platypus lays 1-3 eggs• When the egg hatches, it is called a puggle, the platypus is an egg• As it matures, it becomes an adult platypus• The female platypus lays eggs once a year
    6. 6. Diet• Aquatic insect larvae• Shrimp• Yabbies• Crayfish• Annelid worms
    7. 7. Predators of the Platypus• Water rats• Eagles• Goannas• Hawks• Pythons• Foxes• Domestic cats• Domestic dogs
    8. 8. How does this species contribute tothe diversity of life• The Platypus helps control the population of…• Annelid worms• Yabbies• Crayfish• Shrimp• Aquatic insect larvae
    9. 9. How do humans interfere with thePlatypus• We pollute the waterways of the platypus• We destroy it’s habitat• We used to hunt platypi for their fur
    10. 10. How can we keep this species alive• We can stop killing it’s food• We can stop their habitat• In Australia, the platypus is protected by law
    11. 11. Interesting facts• The platypus swims with it’s eyes, nose, and ears shut• The female platypus secretes milk through glands and has 2 ovaries.• The platypus use it’s tail to store fat.
    12. 12. References• www.Wikipedia.org• www.Answers.com• www.NationalGeographic.com

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