Duck-billed Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Australia Centenary Cinderella stamp 1934 1935 Victoria Melbourne duck-billed Platypus    Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

Duck-billed Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

The duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is an egg-laying mammal endemic to Australia. The platypus lives near rivers and is an excellent swimmer, spending much of its day in the water foraging for food. The platypus feeds on freshwater invertebrates, including insect larvae, annelid worms, shrimps, and crayfish.

The duck-billed platypus is one of five species in the order Monotremata. Monotremes are mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. The eggs of monotremes are similar to those of reptiles.

The duck-billed platypus is one of only a handful of venomous mammals. The platypus has a calcaneus spur on its hind foot, and on the male this spur can deliver venom composed largely of defensin-like proteins. While the venom can kill smaller animals, including dogs, it is not lethal to a human; however the pain associated with envenomation can be excruciating. Only the male platypus produces venom and venom production increases during breeding season, suggesting that its primary function is related to breeding activities. The platypus has a single breeding season each year; with mating usually occurring between June and October.

TASMANIA Scott# AR27 1880 Stamp duty  PLATYPUS   Duck-billed platypus   Ornithorhynchus anatinus    zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

TASMANIA SG #F26-#29  1880  Platypus set     zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

1880 Tasmanian Duty Stamps – Duck-billed Platypus

 
 

The duck-billed platypus(Ornithorhynchus anatinus) has appeared on several Australian postage stamps. First, in 1880 on Tasmanian duty stamps, then in 1937 on the 9d Australian stamp, and again in 1959 on a one shilling Australian Wildlife Definitive. In 1986 the platypus was featured on 36c/50c/$1.00 Australian FRAMA stamps, and on a 36c Australian Wildlife Definitive, and again in 1993 on a 40c Australian Wildlife Definitive and in 1997 on a 45 cent Australian stamp, in the Creatures in the Night series. The platypus was also shown on a 1999 aerogramme. In 2006, the duck-billed platypus was shown on both a 5 cent Australian stamp and a $4.65 Australian stamp. The latter shows a young platypus and is in the Australian Bush Babies stamp series.

Australia 1937 Platypus 9d FDC     thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection

Australia 1937 Platypus 9d  thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection Duck-billed Platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus

1937 9d Australian stamp – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

Australia 1959 Platypus 1 - FDC  thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection    Duck-billed Platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus

AUSTRALIA  1959 AU 5mix zoo series

 Australia 1959 Platypus 1 - FDC  thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection    Duck-billed Platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus   Australia 1959  Platypus

1959 one shilling Australian stamp – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

AUSTRALIA   1986 Vending Machine platypus with postcode FDC  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

AUSTRALIA   FRAMA 1986 Platypus 36c 50c $1.00 complete button postcode  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

1986 AUSTRALIA FRAMA STAMPS 36c 50c $1.00 – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

Australian 1986 36c Platypus Stamp   Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

Australia1986 AU FDC 36c x5 Australian wild life  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

1986 AUSTRALIA 36c Platypus Stamp – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

Australia 1992-1998 SG#1363, 40c Wildlife Definitive  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

Australia 1994 Healesville Sanctuary souvenir cover for Corrie the Platypus  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

1993 AUSTRALIA 40c Wildlife Definitive (SG#1363) – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

USTRALIA - 1997 CREATURES OF THE NIGHT  -  MAXI CARD  Duck-billed Platypus  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

1997 AUSTRALIA 45c CREATURES OF THE NIGHT-MAXI CARD – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

AUSTRALIA 1999  aerogramme  - PLATYPUS  - WILD RIVERS NATIONAL PARK   Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

1999 AUSTRALIA Aerogramme – PLATYPUS\WILD RIVERS NATIONAL PARK- duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

Australia 2006 Platypus 5c International Postage Stamp  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

2006 AUSTRALIA 5c International Postage Stamp – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

AUSTRALIA $4.65 INTERNATIONAL PLATYPUS  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

2006 AUSTRALIA $4.65 International Postage Stamp – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

The duck-billed platypus is an iconic symbol of Australia, but has also been featured on the postage stamps of other countries, including Laos, Mali, Benin, Hungary and Grenada.

Laos Ausipex 84 Platypus Kangaroo Squirrel Australia animals   Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

Laos Ausipex 84 Postage Stamps – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

Mali - Platypus - Wild Animals - SS stamp  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

Mali Souvenir Sheet – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

Benin - Platypus - Wild Animals - SS stamp  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

Benin Souvenir Sheet – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

Hungary 2000 - Platypus and Emu  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

2000 Hungary Souvenir Sheet – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

GRENADA 1988 SYDPEX DISNEY Wallaby Kangaroo Emu Wombat Platypus Wolf  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

GRENADA 1988 SYDPEX DISNEY STAMPS – duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

 
 

There are also other non-postage stamps (referred to as “Cinderella” stamps) that feature the duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). Below are a few examples:

Aussie Blue - Platypus - trading stamps  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

Aussie Blue – Platypus – Trading Stamps – Cinderella Stamp

 
 

AUSTRALIAN LJW OLD POSTER STAMP SYDNEY 1938 AUSTRALIA'S 150th ANNIVERSARY PLATYPUS  Ornithorhynchus anatinus  zoological stamps  animals on stamps wildlife stamps Australian postage stamps topical stamp collection thematic stamp collecting mammals on stamps fauna on stamps philatelist  philatelic collection  philatelic collector stamp collecting for beginners Australian wildlife Australian fauna Australia topical stamp collecting

AUSTRALIAN OLD POSTER STAMP – SYDNEY 1938 AUSTRALIA’S 150th ANNIVERSARY WITH PLATYPUS – Cinderella Stamp

 
 

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