An old record and no photo, but I haven't seen any other records of peripatus from the area, so thought it was worth submitting. It was found by a boy on a school nature study trip (not me, though i was present when it was brought back to the lodge) - was very small (15-20mm), mainly light brown but quite strongly patterned, reminiscent of a dead piece of fern frond. Don't recall any green spots but could well have had them, i.e. likely to have been O. viridimaculatus. Date is only approximate.
I found this peripatus in 1993 (unsure of precise date, I think in January), but I thought it was worth submitting because I haven't seen any photos of NZ peripatuses that look anything like it, also the habitat - under a rock among alpine vegetation - was unusual. The photos were taken on slide film and mistakenly developed as prints - hence the dodgy colour. The animal was a glaucous green, with little patterning, and about 20mm long. The second photo is a habitat shot - it was close to the near edge of the vegetated gully towards the bottom of the photo.
Beside a tracking tunnel in Polhill Gully
See video of this peripatus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIKrCD0AyXI
15 pairs of legs, found inside damp rotten log. 5cm long.
Peripatoides suteri (16 pairs of legs) is most commonly found in Taranaki- so was exciting to find another species here.
Tiputini Biodiversity Station
Very tiny: approx 12mm long, 1 to 1.5mm diameter
This species is endemic to the Takitimu Forest. See more information here: http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/invertebrates/systematics/onchyphora/current-taxonomic-status
found by Richard Morgan. need to go back to get photos
Un sorprendente hallazgo, encontrado en un pequeño jardín entre piedra tipo tezontle, muy probablemente introducido.
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