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15-DEC-2004 İAlexander Dudley 2004

Velvet worm, Ooperipatellus sp.

Lake St. Clair, Tasmania

These things are SO COOL!! Not only have they changed very little since they first appeared about 500 million years ago, but they
have a great way of capturing their prey- they squirt it with sticky threads like spiderman and then move in for the kill. They are
thought to share similarities with Annelid worms and Arthropods, but are in a Phylum of their own, the Onychophora. Most are
very small, only one or two centimetres long, and live amongst leaf litter in rainforests. This was one of two found beneath a log in wet forest, and is about 25 mm long.

For more information about Velvet worms see this link to Bob Mesibov's work at:

FujiFilm FinePix S2 Pro ,Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro
1/125s f/27.0 at 59.0mm iso100, Metz 20BC4, Starblitz 160-slave full exif

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