The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is an egg-laying, semi-aquatic mammal that lives in Tasmania and along the eastern coast of mainland Australia.

In this topic

  • Platypus in Tasmania
    The platypus is a unique Australian egg-laying mammal. They are easily identified by their streamlined bodies, webbed feet, broad tail and characteristic duck bill.
  • Platypus Fungal Disease
    Little is known about platypus fungal disease, mucormycosis disease, which affects only Tasmanian platypuses and causes ugly skin lesions or ulcers on various parts of the body.
  • Platypus Conservation Guidelines
    Conservation guidelines for the long-term survival of platypuses in Tasmania.
  • Report Platypus Sightings
    Please report all sightings of platypuses - both diseased and healthy - in Tasmania.
  • Platypus Research
    Scientific research and community engagement were conducted in Tasmania from November 2007 to November 2009 under the umbrella of the Platypus Partnership Program.
  • Platypus Management Plan
    This management plan recommends key short and long term management actions, research and monitoring required to effectively ensure healthy platypuses in Tasmania.