Isolation of Mucor corcinelloides from a case of ulcerative mycosis of platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), and a comparison of the response of Mucor circinelloides and Mucor amphibiorum to different culture temperatures.
Naturalists thought the first dried specimen (reaching England in 1799) was a hoax yet this 'highly interesting novelty' would take another 90 years to decide on its classification and nomenclature beginning with the popular forms of duck-bill mole and water-mole to Blumenbach's Ornithorhynchus paradoxus (1798, 1800) to George Shaw's Platypus anatinus (flat footed duck bill, 1799) before finally settling on Ornithorhynchus anatinus (bird-like snout) as the name platypus had previously been used in 1793.
While Geering (1983:table 5) recorded a single monotreme bone (platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus) from between spits A10NW to A14, neither this nor the echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) was identified during this study.
(38.) His drawing of an echidna, done in 1792, was included in Everard Home's 1802 essay, "Description of the Anatomy of the Ornithorhynchus Hystrix," Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 92 (1802): 348-64.