The parts of Australia where platypuses are found has shrunk by at least 22% or about 200,000 km² – an area almost three times the size of Tasmania – in the past 30 years, new research led by UNSW Sydney reveals.
The research concludes the platypus is now likely to meet the criteria for listing as a threatened species under Australia’s national environmental law.
The UNSW researchers, along with the Australian Conservation Foundation, WWF-Australia and Humane Society International Australia, today nominated the platypus to be listed as a threatened species under Commonwealth and NSW processes.
The research found the decline in platypus observations was most severe in NSW (32% reduction) and Queensland (27%). Although Victoria…