Underside of a velvet worm

Underside of a velvet worm

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Caption: Peripatus or velvet worm viewed from below. The velvet worm is a worm-like segmented animal related to the arthropods. Each body segment has stub-like feet called lobopods. Velvet worms live in humid, dimly lit places such as under rocks and logs in rainforests. They are primarily nocturnal, and feel their way around using their antennae. They are predators, using a slime-like secretion to subdue their prey of small invertebrates. Photographed in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador.

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