(Augee et al. 2006)
(Morris 1898; Moyal 2001)
Class: Mammalia (Linnaeus, 1758) — mammals
Order: Monotremata (Bonaparte, 1837) — monotremes (egg-laying mammals)
Family: Ornithorhynchidae (Gray, 1825 sensu Burnett, 1830)
Genus: Ornithorhynchus (Blumenbach, 1800)
Species: Ornithorhynchus anatinus (Shaw, 1799) – platypus, duck-billed platypus
Sources: Jackson and Groves (2015); Integrated Taxonomic Information System (2018)
An illustration of two platypuses by John Gould (1863).
Here, Gould focuses on the bill, webbed feet, and thick tail of the platypus. In the lower right, a platypus is in a curled posture (adopted while sleeping and likely to be the position a female adopts while incubating her eggs).
This sketch was completed during a trip that Gould made to Australia from 1838-1840.
"Ornithorhynchus anatinus"; Plate 1 in John Gould's The Mammals of Australia (1863).
Image credit: Made available by Biodiversity Heritage Library (contributed to BHL by Smithsonian Libraries). Public domain.