Found while clearing rotting log
Brief description of what you observed
the first two were found in a overhang in a fallen log
the other one was found on the moss on a red beech tree
Under trap box
Peripatoides sp. 'Dunedin', found in a rotting log in native forest remnant.
on end of moist dead log, under overhang.
Luckily it was still there when I came back with my friend who wanted to see one, but hadn't come on the walk. Though it had moved into a crevasse so was hard to spot and we almost gave up.
Interesting that it is behind the spider web, wonder if that affects it at all...?
Peripatus hunting through bryophytes in Silver/Red Beech dominated forest near Lake Rotoroa. On cool, clear night a day after rain. One of the egg laying species & eggs are visible in 1st photo, but I suspect unlikely to be Peripatus eggs.
The velvet worms (Onychophora — literally "claw bearers", also known as Protracheata) are a minor ecdysozoan phylum with ~180 species. These obscurely segmented organisms have tiny eyes, antennae, multiple pairs of legs and slime glands. They have variously been compared to worms with legs, caterpillars and slugs. Most common in tropical regions of the Southern Hemisphere, they prey on smaller animals such as insects, which they catch by squirting an adhesive mucus. In modern zoology, they are