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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Onychophora
Family: Peripatidae
Genus: Peripatus
Guilding, 1826

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Peripatus /pəˈrɪpətəs/ is a genus of velvet worms in the Peripatidae family.[1] The name "peripatus" (unitalicised and uncapitalised) is also used to refer to the Onychophora as a whole, although this group comprises many other genera besides Peripatus. The genus Peripatus is found in Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America.[1] Velvet worms in this genus may have as few as 24 or 25 pairs of legs (in P. antiguensis or P. dominicae, respectively)[2][3] or as many as 36 leg pairs (in P. evelinae).[4] This genus is viviparous, with mothers supplying nourishment to their embryos through a placenta.[5]


The genus contains the following species:[6][1]

Peripatus antiguensis Bouvier, 1899 and Peripatus bavaysi Bouvier, 1899 are considered nomina dubia by Oliveira et al. 2012.

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  1. ^ a b c Oliveira; Read; Mayer (2012). "A world checklist of Onychophora (velvet worms), with notes on nomenclature and status of names". ZooKeys (211): 1–70. doi:10.3897/zookeys.211.3463. PMC 3426840. PMID 22930648. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  2. ^ Monge-Nájera, Julián (1994). "Reproductive trends, habitat type and body characteristcs in velvet worms (Onychophora)". Revista de Biología Tropical: 611–622. ISSN 2215-2075.
  3. ^ Read, V. M. St. J. (July 1988). "The Onychophora of Trinidad, Tobago, and the Lesser Antilles". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 93 (3): 225–57. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.1988.tb01362.x.
  4. ^ Froehlich, Claudio G. (1968-03-01). "On some Brazilian Onychophores". Beitrage zur Neotropischen Fauna. 5 (3): 160–171. doi:10.1080/01650526809360404. ISSN 0005-8130.
  5. ^ Mayer, Georg; Franke, Franziska Anni; Treffkorn, Sandra; Gross, Vladimir; de Sena Oliveira, Ivo (2015), Wanninger, Andreas (ed.), "Onychophora", Evolutionary Developmental Biology of Invertebrates 3, Vienna: Springer Vienna, pp. 53–98, doi:10.1007/978-3-7091-1865-8_4, ISBN 978-3-7091-1864-1, retrieved 2023-02-16
  6. ^ "Updated Onychophora Checklist". Onychophora Website. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  7. ^ Barquero-González, Sánchez-Vargas, Morera (2020). "A new giant velvet worm from Costa Rica suggests absence of the genus Peripatus (Onychophora: Peripatidae) in Central America". Revista de Biología Tropical. 68: 300–320. doi:10.15517/rbt.v68i1.37675.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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