Kōrero: Peripatus

Peripatoides novaezelandiae

Peripatoides novaezelandiae

Peripatus or velvet worms have characteristics of both worms and arthropods. They are so different from other related creatures that they have been given their own phylum – Onychophora. The most common and widespread species of peripatus in New Zealand is Peripatoides novaezelandiae. Up to 35 millimetres long, they are smoky blue in colour and have 15 pairs of stump-like legs.

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Soil Bugs – An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Soil Invertebrates
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Photograph by Alastair Robertson and Maria Minor

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Paddy Ryan, 'Peripatus - Walking worms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/13243/peripatoides-novaezelandiae (accessed 1 July 2022)

He kōrero nā Paddy Ryan, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007