Any of about 90 species of free-living terrestrial invertebrates in the class Onychophora (sometimes considered a phylum). They are sometimes called velvet worms for their velvety skin. The common genus Peripatus occurs in the West Indies, Central America, and northern South America. Onychophorans are slender and segmented; each segment has a pair of short legs. Species range from 0.6 to 6 in. (14–150 mm) long. They live in humid, hidden spots: in forest litter, wood crevices, termite nests, or the soil, sometimes to a depth of more than 3 ft (1 m). They use their jaws to open captured prey (often small insects) and suck out the juices.
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First record of an onychophoran (Onychophora, Peripatidae) feeding on a theraphosid spider (Araneae, Theraphosidae).(SHORT COMMUNICATION)(Report)
Jan 01, 2009; onychophorans, or velvet worms, are organisms whose behavior remains poorly understood due to their cryptic lifestyle (New...
A RARE ONYCHOPHORAN-LIKE LOBOPODIAN FROM THE LOWER CAMBRIAN CHENGJIANG LAGERSTÄTTE, SOUTHWESTERN CHINA, AND ITS PHYLOGENETIC IMPLICATIONS
May 01, 2011; ABSTRACT- Lobopodians, which diversified and flourished in the Cambrian seas, have long drawn much attention in that not only...