Duck-billed platypuses, New South Wales, Australia, 1801-1803.


Duck-billed platypuses, New South Wales, Australia, 1801-1803.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


Engraving by Choubard after Lesueur, showing: female brown platypus (1); male red platypus (2); head of male brown platypus (3); monotremate area under the tail of female red platypus with opening for genital organs and excreting. Also illustrated are the back hairs. Illustration from part of 'Voyage de decouvertes aux terres Australes, execute par ordre de S M l'empereur et roi', compiled by naturalist Francois Peron (1775-1810) and published in Paris in 1815. The book, in English 'Voyage of discovery to the Southern lands undertaken by order of his majesty the emperor and king', is an account of the French cartographic survey expedition to Australia, 1800-1804, led by Thomas Nicolas Baudin (1754-1803), on which Peron served as one of the scientific team.

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