Under rotting pine logs
peripatus (Velvet Worm)
© Bryce McQuillan 2014
It was difficult to identity the the worm, it was discolored and segmented from being trapped in the pitfall trap.
See through worm approx 10mm long
two species of worms found in the water sample
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