Velvet worm

Velvet worm

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Caption: Epiperipatus broadwayi, a peripatus or velvet worm, found exclusively on the Caribbean island of Tobago. Peripatuses are soft bodied and possess segmental nephridia like annelids but, like arthropods, they possess tracheae, chitin in the integument and their jaws are modified limbs. Their stumpy limbs (lobopods) are unique in that their muscles work against a hydrostatic skeleton. Their diet consists of crickets, spiders, cockroaches and assorted microfauna.

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Keywords: animal, animals, epiperipatus, epiperipatus broadwayi, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, onychophora, onychophoran, peripatus, velvet worm, velvet worms, wildlife, worm, worms, zoology

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