New South Wales Endangered platypus After overflow in Queensland

There is concern for the platypus population after overflow in Queensland and New South Wales. Environmentalists have advised residents to watch for platypuses amid signs of a “sharp decline” in Ipswich.

Growing Anxiety

Fears that recent overflow in Greater Brisbane has wiped out platypus populations have renewed efforts to classify the species as federally browbeat.

The iconic monotreme is not officially listed as browbeat in Queensland or New South Wales, although the platypus is listed as endangered in Victoria and browbeat in South Australia.

However, ecologists who study the platypus in the latter states believe that the listing of the Victoria platypus is mainly due to better and longer monitoring of the species.

They called for HELP and asked citizen scientists to search for the elusive animal and provide the raw data essential for the management and protection of its environment.

Fear of extinction of breastfeeding

Dr Gilad Bino, a researcher at the University of New South Wales, said urban growth, land clearing and habitat degradation are amplifying the impact of a series of natural disasters on platypuses that have devastated the east coast of Australia.

According to Bino, the platypus is likely to disappear in places where catastrophic droughts, fires and overflow have occurred.

Bino, whose study mainly examines the north-west coast of New South Wales, expressed concern that a silent extinction has already occurred.

However, he said there is no widespread monitoring of platypus populations, which makes them an elusive animal.

“So we are relying on a small number of high-quality investigations,” he said.

Environmental studies


Tamielle Brunt, a graduate student at the University of Queensland, conducted one of these surveys.

For the past seven years, Brunt has used Environmental DNA Technology (environmental DNA) to look for signs of platypuses in the rivers of Greater Brisbane.

Given the devastating overflow that hit her survey sites, she stressed that this year’s Tests were among the most important.

Some of the results are depressing to read.

Ipswich Council last month received a summary of its DNA data showing a “serious decline” in the platypus population.

Due to the limitations of the DNA tests, Brunt claimed that she could not determine whether platypus populations in certain streams were now extremely low or “completely extinct”.”

In any matter, it is, she continued.

Various Factors

In urbanized places, where water flows from hard surfaces into roaring streams, grazes vegetation banks and drowns baby platypuses, or “Puggles”, in their burrows, the overflow intensify.

In addition, sediments from cleared areas can cover the riverbed, forming deep ponds that store water during periods of drought.

In places where the platypus was not produced that year, the Ipswich Council report observed the elimination and evolution of vegetation.

The building “has continued to increase” over the past 12 months, he said.

According to Brunt, to preserve peri-urban platypus populations, developers need to take steps to control sediment runoff; however, since the species is not currently classified as an endangered species in Queensland, there is “not a lot of attention in development assessments.”

Call to Action

Brunt invited people to participate in platypus-watching initiatives, record sightings and take photos of them.

This is a species that will disappear without a trace.

According to Bino, “local extinctions occur.”However, in healthy ecosystems, a group of platypuses lost or dispersed as a result of a disaster can be displaced by neighboring groups.

This repopulation often cannot take place in a landscape divided by dams and highways, or by areas of “good and bad habitat”.”

Bino said: “so these platypuses are gone forever.”