The front feet of a platypus provide exceptional paddling power thanks to extensive webbing.
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Close‑up view of platypus foot with webbing

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“The rear toes [of the platypus] are webbed like those of a duck; but the front feet are unique. The web extends along the sides of the feet and under, and beyond, the claws on all the toes. This more than doubles the surface area, and thus the paddling power, of the foot.” (Foy 1983:182)

Last Updated April 7, 2018