Velvet worm, Macroperipatus

Velvet worm, Macroperipatus

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macroperipatus torquatus, a peripatus or velvet worm which is an inhabitant of the Caribbean island of Trinidad. This specimen is undergoing ecdysis. In spite of being soft bodied, peripatus has a cuticle which is shed regularly. It is comprised of chitin, the major component of the arthropod exoskeleton. The body undergoes hydrostatic contractions as it frees itself from its integument.

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Keywords: animal, ecdysis, invertebrate, invertebrates, macroperipatus torquatus, nature, onychophora, onychophoran, peripatus, velvet worm, wildlife, zoology

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