PERIPATOPSIDAE , ONYCHOPHORA
(Photo: courtesy of Elizabeth Keen, Braidwood)
These are not Caterpillars, but are in a special phylum related to Arthropoda (Insects, Spiders, etc.). The commonest ones are black, but there are various species with other colours. They are soft and cylindrical, with over a dozen pairs of stubby feet. The head has a pair of floppy antaennae.
They are carnivorous, catching insects and other arthropods and gastropods by squirting slime over them.
They grow to a length of up to 20 cms. They are are nocturnal, and commonly inhabit rotting logs.
At least 64 species of Velvet Worms exist in Australia, occuring in
(written 19 April 2013)