Diving Physiology of the Platypus


The platypus obtains its food by foraging on small invertebrates and plants on stream bottoms (Bethge 1997).  This makes diving a crucial element of its behavior.

Some characteristics of platypus diving:

Top image courtesy of Healesville Sanctuary (http://www.zoo.org.au/, bottom image courtesy of http://www.healthsci.utas.edu.au/physiol/mono/Mainpage.html

What makes platypus diving special?

Main page
Introduction to
Thermal Biology
Evolutionary Implications
of Thermal Biology
Special Aspects
of Diving

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