ANATi - Platypus
“Electrical currents coming from the riverbed tell ANATi that ENSiS is nearby. With his webbed feet providing force against the water, he dives and swims just above the soil, beak moving back and forth. He has left his den, the entrance half-submerged in the flowing waters, which angles upwards to keep his home dry. He has confidence in being out in the open: he’s too big for most of the predators here, and his venomous spur can keep some of the others at bay. Still, he is shy. And any movement above sends him hurtling back under the surface: there’s really no point risking exposure to AUDAX or STREN! Spying DESTRUCTOR crawling out of a hole, ANATi arrows across, beak shimmering in the dappled light...”
Common name: Platypus
Taxonomy: Ornithorhynchus anatinus
Level: CARN | Form: DEFEND | Status: RARE
BiOME: RIVER + Forest + Mountain
Overcomes: Fire | Flood
Male ANATis have a spur on their hind foot which they can use to defend and attack! Hidden inside is a venom that is strong enough to kill larger creatures - a powerful adaptation for the wild!
Specially designed to hunt underwater, ANATi is able to use her sensitive bill to locate prey hidden in the river bed by detecting their electrical pulses! Even in the darkest of rivers, DESTRUCTOR might not be safe!
As with his VENOM Weakness, ANATi is in danger of any species with a CONSTRICTION Superpower. He automatically loses that Clash.
Unfortunately for ANATi, venom isn’t only a Superpower, but a weakness too. At risk from certain creatures if she ventures onto land, She will automatically draw a Clash with a VENOM species due to this equalising of Power and Weakness.
From the Field: Headquarters speaks to real-life Rangers working to save ANiMOZ species like ANATi the Platypus! In our From the Field series, we talk to scientists working across Australia to save the Rare and Highly Rare animals you know from the World of ANiMOZ. Today, we hear from Ranger Tam who works with ANATi! …