oa African Zoology - Observations on Peripatopsis clavigera (Onychophora, Peripatopsidae)

Volume 23, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The colouring of live specimens and female reproductive system with associated developmental stages of Peripatopsis clavigera are descriptionbed. An unusually dense population of this rare species was found in Harkerville State Forest, southern Cape region. Colouration of these specimens differs distinctly from that of the four syntypes descriptionbed by Purcell (1897). Early developmental stages show a trophic vesicle as descriptionbed for some other Peripatopsis species (Manton 1949). Endoparastic worms (Acanthocephala) were found in the haemocoel of one female specimen.

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