Peripatus in many sizes in crumbly, fallen western cedar log, as well as in fallen treefern stems.
Line 3A, under rotting fallen Astelia hastata beside rotting log. I first saw peripatus in this same site on 4 Oct 2012.
ID obviously a bit hard from a photo! Will be getting it DNA sequenced at Massey.
Peripatopsidae: Peripatoides novaezealandiae - Southern Velvet Worms
My first velvet worm !
Spotlighting at night. Nice discovery!
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