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A platypus named Murray

August 20, 2012

The Australian Platypus Conservancy was recently in Albury Wodonga to monitor platypus numbers along the Murray River.

The five-year population study is in its second year and is the first to monitor platypus numbers at Albury.

Biologist Geoff Williams says it is important to keep track of the population. He says, post-drought, the amount of platypuses along the Murray River on the New South Wales/Victorian border at Albury Wodonga has rose in the last 12 months, but the increase is not significant.

“The platypus is the top predator in freshwater systems, it really is a case if you get the conditions right for the platypus then you get conditions right for just about everything else that is sharing the platypuses environment.

Platipi are not as uncommon as you think

 

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