Diving Physiology and Thermal Biology


Ornithorhyncus anatinus
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The Duck-Billed Platypus  (Orhithorhynchus anatinus)is a very unique animal.  In addition to being only one of three extant monotreme species, it is also the only aquatic non-eutherian mammal.  Platypi have several unique physiological features, including electrosensation, oviparity, and venom production.  This website will only focus on the thermoregulatory and diving capabilities of the platypus.  These two topics are the most relevant to the animal physiology course for which this website was created.

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This page is a class assignment for Animal Physiology at Davidson College.  For questions or comments, please email Will White.