Discover the bizarre hunting habits of the mucus-slinging velvet worm.
- There are around 180 species of velvet worm, which together make up a distinct phlyum called Onychophora.
- Velvet worms are one of the oldest types of invertebrate in the world, and are sometimes described as "living fossils".
- Velvet worms hunt at night, using sensory hairs to detect prey.
- Velvet worms immobilise their prey by firing a sticky mucus from slime glands positioned beneath their feelers.
This is a velvet worm, and it has an incredible way of hunting its prey.
Sometimes described as a ‘living fossil’, the velvet worm is one of the oldest types of invertebrate in the world.
They’re not actually worms, nor are they related to centipedes, insects, or other arthropods.
They make …
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