- +/- 5cm in length
- very distinctive bold blue hue, slightly lighter underneath
- 15 sets of legs with pads for feet
- had a sticky substance around it, I imagine a technique used to catch prey
- discovered in rotting vegetation, buried in the earth
- quite archaic looking
Found under some old plastic sheeting in the Kahuterawa Bush Remnant.
found on a moist bank at night
I found this Peripatus out in the native old growth Tawa Rimu reserve. Wow! How beautiful! Would like to have a more accurate id please.
Peripatus found in Mount Richmond Forest Park
A single individual on the hunt, about 1 m up a tree trunk at night.
Unfortunately I disturbed these two from under a rock in pasture near the forest, during the day. They were entwined together. The larger was very active, the smaller, which appeared to have a damaged antenna, did not move much. I may have injured it moving the rock. I replaced them as close as I could to their original location.
Small (2cm) Peripatus found under stone.
Found while clearing rotting log
Brief description of what you observed
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