VELVET WORM  Velvet worms (Onychophora) are OLD. They were one of the first groups of animals to come on land, and have been crawling in that super creepy way over the ground for the past 500 MILLION YEARS. Must be a pretty effective model. They're not insects, really, when they are placed in evolutionary trees, they are often wedged between the arthopods (insects), and the annelids (worms).

Controversal paper on origins of caterpillars debunked

Onychophora (from Ancient Greek, onyches, "claws"; and pherein, "to carry"), commonly known as velvet worms (due to their velvety texture and somewhat wormlike appearance) or more ambiguously as peripatus (after the first described genus, Peripatus), is a phylum of elongate, soft-bodied, many-legged panarthropods.

Onychophora (from Ancient Greek, onyches, "claws"; and pherein, "to carry"), commonly known as velvet worms (due to their velvety texture and somewhat wormlike appearance) or more ambiguously as peripatus (after the first described genus, Peripatus), is a phylum of elongate, soft-bodied, many-legged panarthropods.

Velvet underground. Wonderful velvet worms.

The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About Velvet Worms

The knowledge card says Velvet Worms. The trading card says Velvet Worm.

Velvet Worm

The knowledge card says Velvet Worms. The trading card says Velvet Worm.

Researchers Have Uncovered The Secrets Of The Velvet Worm's Slime Jets!The velvet worm hunts by bombarding its prey with a double barreled burst of slime. Now, scientists have figured out how these ooze-cannons work.

Researchers Have Uncovered The Secrets Of The Velvet Worm's Slime Jets!

Researchers Have Uncovered The Secrets Of The Velvet Worm's Slime Jets!The velvet worm hunts by bombarding its prey with a double barreled burst of slime. Now, scientists have figured out how these ooze-cannons work.

Velvet Worm says.... Thank you! :) by melvynyeo.deviantart.com on @deviantART

My Velvet worm and this time, i spend more time with it, . Velvet worm says. Give me a hug!

New Glue-Spitting Velvet Worm Found in Vietnam. Awesomely Weird and Interesting.  Their bodies are fluid-filled, covered in a thin skin and kept rigid by pressurized liquid. This hydrostatic pressure allows them to walk, albeit very slowly, on fluid-filled, stubby legs that lack joints.

New Glue-Spitting Velvet Worm Found in Vietnam

New velvet worm species, Eoperipatus totoros, is the first to be described from Vietnam. Velvet worms spit glue from two glands to entangle their prey.

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The new species is the first velvet worm to be described from Vietnam. Velvet worms spit glue from two glands to entangle their prey.

The ancient animals, which spit an immobilizing material onto prey, hadn't been spotted before because they spend most of their lives hidden in soil to keep their permeable skin moist

This velvet worm is so cute it's named for Totoro. Too bad it's a slime-spewing killer.  Might be my new favorite creature. Move aside tardigrades.

A Velvet Worm Named for Totoro

A Velvet Worm named for Totoro - Eoperipatus totoros

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