Not a velvet worm, but almost as good! Found under a log. About the size of a small shooter marble.
could be a millipede, maybe a Pill Millipede?
Like giant pillbugs! I learned recently that these were probably introduced from India and have fairly limited distribution in the Amani Nature Reserve. This is one of the areas where they are common.
Giant Pill Millipede on tree trunk in Beech/Kamahi Forest at Jubilee Flat, Arawhata River.
10mm Pill Millipede. Under log.
Sphaerotheriida (from the Latin sphaerium = ball) is an order of millipedes in the infraclass Pentazonia, sometimes known as giant pill millipedes. They inhabit southern Africa, Madagascar, South and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Like the Northern Hemisphere pill millipedes of the order Glomerida, these millipedes can roll into a ball when disturbed. When they are rolled-up, most sphaerotheriids reach a maximum size of a cherry or golf ball, but some species from Madagascar can