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Onychophora (frae Auncient Greek, onyches, "claws"; an pherein, "tae cairy"), commonly kent as velvet worms (due tae thair velvety textur an somewhit wirmlik appearance) or mair ambiguously as peripatus (efter the first descrived genus, Peripatus), is a phylum o elongate, saft-bodied, mony-leggit panarthropods.[1][2]

Onychophora
Temporal range: Cenomanian–present
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An Oroperipatus species
Scientific classification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Subkinrick: Eumetazoa
Clade: Bilateria
Clade: Nephrozoa
(unranked): Protostomia
Superphylum: Ecdysozoa
(unranked): Panarthropoda
Phylum: Onychophora
Grube, 1853
Cless: Udeonychophora
Poinar, 2000
Subgroups

Order: Euonychophora

Faimily: Peripatidae
Faimily: Peripatopsidae

Order: †Ontonychophora

Faimily: †Helenodoridae
Superfaimily: †Tertiapatoidea
Faimily: †Tertiapatidae
Faimily: †Succinipatopsidae
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Global range o Onychophora: extant Peripatidae in green, Peripatopsidae in reid, an fossils in black (click tae enlairge)

ReferencesEedit

  1. Holm, E.; Dippenaar-Schoeman, A. (2010). The Arthropods of Southern Africa. ISBN 978-0-7993-4689-3. [page needit]
  2. Prothero, D. R.; Buell, C. D. (2007). Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-231-13962-5.