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queensland Platypus In Logan And Albert

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Platypus found in Logan river for first time in 18 years

 
 
 
 
 
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© Supplied Platypus have been detected in Albert River for the first time since 2001.

The elusive platypus has been detected in Logan’s Albert River by scientists for the first time since 2001, thanks to a survey of the waterway using DNA technology.

After a member of the public reported a sighting in 2017, the Logan City Council collaborated with Wildlife Queensland to confirm platypuses were living in three stretches of the river – two sites at Wolffdene and another at Cedar Creek.

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© Supplied Platypuses are listed as "near-threatened" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.

Wildlife Queenland’s Tamielle Brunt said while anecdotal evidence existed, the recent announcement signalled the first official detection in the Albert River since 2001.

“That would’ve been the last time a specific observational survey was undertaken,” she said.

“We used environmental DNA [technology] ... it’s a very sensitive method in detecting the DNA presence of platypus in the area."

Logan City councillor Jennie Breene, chairperson of the City Parks, Animals, Environment and Waste committee, said it was an important discovery.

 

“This is wonderful news for the future of the river’s platypus population and a great indicator of the improving health of our environment,” she said.

“Sampling was taken at 14 different sites during last year’s breeding season and seven of those sites returned data that confirms the presence of platypus.”

Cr Breene said the exact sites of the discoveries would be kept secret to help protect the animals.

 

 

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Platypuses are listed as "near-threatened" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.

Cr Breene said the announcement would help the council better protect the area and manage populations.

“By identifying the distribution [of platypus] and gaining a data set, we can determine any impacts that may threaten them.

“Clean waterways are vital for platypus, as well as maintaining riparian vegetation of the river banks,” she said.

Logan City Council has several projects to rehabilitate the Albert and Logan rivers and their tributaries.

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