Declines in platypus have likely been underestimated, new research by UNSW scientists has shown.
Scientists are worried about the platypus, with a national risk assessment led by UNSW Professor Richard Kingsford suggesting declines of up to 30%.
Evidence that populations of the platypus are in decline across Australia – to extinction in some locations – has sparked a UNSW-led research project to assess the iconic animal's conservation status.
Scientists are a step closer to discovering what determines the sex of Australia’s iconic platypus and echidna, after an international study unravelled new genes contained on mammalian Y chromosomes.
An extinct species of a carnivorous platypus about a metre long – the largest platypus ever found – has been discovered in the famous Riversleigh World Heritage Area by UNSW researchers.