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How did the platypus get its name?

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2010-10-23 09:45:23
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In the early days of European settlement in Australia, the platypus was known as a water-mole. British scientist, Dr George Shaw, was the first European to examine the platypus. It is well-known that he believed the creature to be a hoax, made up of various other creatures. Once Shaw had established that the pelt was real, he named it Platypus anatinus, from Greek and Latin words meaning "flat-footed, duck-like". This was published in "The Naturalist's Miscellany" in 1799.

After realising that the name "platypus" had already been given to a group of beetles, Shaw assigned it the scientific name of Ornithorhynchus anatinus, the first word of which means "bird-like snout". However, the original name of platypus was adopted as the common name, over the word "duckbill", which had also begun to be used.

The word platypus is from the Greek platypous, meaning "flat-footed": from platys "broad, flat" + pous "foot."

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The common name of the platypus is ... platypus.

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Platypus is the correct name for a platypus. It is not actually a "duckbilled platypus".

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The common name of the platypus is platypus.The scientific name of the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

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The real name for the platypus is simply 'platypus'. Its real name is certainly not 'duck-billed platypus'.Its scientific name is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

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The platypus is simply called 'Platypus'. Its scientific name is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

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what is its common name for a platypus

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There is no particular name for a female platypus.

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No. There is no specific name for a male platypus.

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There are no sub-species of platypus. A platypus is a platypus and there are no other types.The species name of the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

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The binomial name for the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

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Platypus venom does not have any particular name.

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No. There are no sub-species of platypus. A platypus is a platypus and there are no other types. The species name of the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

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The platypus is sometimes called a "duck-billed platypus", but this name is not used in Australia.

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The only type of platypus is simply known as a platypus. Its scientific name is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

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The platypus is called the platypus wherever one happens to be in Australia.

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The duck-billed platypus has the scientific name is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

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The common, and correct, name is platypus. This creature is not actually called a "duck-billed platypus" at all - that is a misnomer. The scientific name of the platypus is Ornithorhyncus Anatinus.

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The genus and species name of the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

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There is no such thing as a "Eucalyptus platypus".

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The platypus belongs to the genus Ornithorhynchus.

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no because it doesn't tell you the name of the platypus

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Neither the male nor the female platypus has any specific name.

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No. The platypus is simply called the platypus. Many non-Australians refer to this animal as the "duck billed platypus" but this is not its correct name.

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No, there is no difference whatsoever. Platypus is the correct name for the so-called duck-billed platypus. 'Duckbilled' is a misnomer.

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It is also called a Duck-Billed Platypus.


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