There are soo many interesting facts to learn about these almost alien invertebrates that it might require more than one posts. For now here's a couple cool facts; - The entire phylum compromising of these animals is known as Onychophora. Peripatus is a genus but is also used to refer to the phylum.
- They are called Velvet worms due to their velvety texture and although referred to as worms, are distictively different to them.
- Are foracious predators that utilizes a uniquely evolved contraption (oral papillae) which fires an adhesive slime that quickly dries and traps prey.
- The entire body, including its stubby feet, are covered in fine protrusions called papillae that carry a mechanoreceptive at the tip, allowing the velvet worm to sense the enviroment around it through its skin.
There are probably hundreds of other facts that are unique to these animals but would require multiple posts. If you are inspired to learn more about these animals, there are a lot of intricate articles and documentaries that reside on the internet.