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Monotremes

Monotremes are a group of mammals that are characterized by their unique reproductive and digestive anatomy. They are the only mammals that lay eggs and have a cloaca, a chamber that serves as both the urinary and reproductive system. There are only five species of monotremes in the world, all of which are native to Australia and New Guinea. These species include the platypus and four species of echidnas. Monotremes are known for their diverse range of adaptations that allow them to thrive in their environments, including venomous spurs on the hind legs of male platypuses and the ability of echidnas to swim and forage for food in a variety of habitats. Despite their small population and limited distribution, monotremes play important roles in their ecosystems and are valuable indicators of the health of the environment.

Platypus
Monotremes

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Short-beaked echidna
Monotremes

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