Data from: Echidna venom gland transcriptome provides insights into the evolution of monotreme venom

Emily S. W. Wong, Stewart Nichol, Wesley C. Warren, Katherine Belov & Stewart Nicol
Monotremes (echidna and platypus) are egg-laying mammals. One of their most unique characteristic is that males have venom/crural glands that are seasonally active. Male platypuses produce venom during the breeding season, delivered via spurs, to aid in competition against other males. Echidnas are not able to erect their spurs, but a milky secretion is produced by the gland during the breeding season. The function and molecular composition of echidna venom is as yet unknown. Hence,...
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