Onychophora


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Synonyms for Onychophora

enigmatic small elongated wormlike terrestrial invertebrates of damp dark habitats in warm regions

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Onychophora in invertebrate conservation: priorities, practice and prospects.
In most phyla, although simple photoreception is almost universally present, no eyes evolved, but eyes evolved later in Annelida, Mollusca, Onychophora, and Chordata.
Ancient lobopods and their modern counter-parts, in the phylum Onychophora, intrigue scientists because they may represent a link between two extremely successful phyla, Annelida (segmented worms) and Arthropoda.
The African distribution of peripatopsid Onychophora is similarly confined to this region, and they are also absent from India-Madagascar and south-east Asia, but unlike rhytidids and sphaerotheriids, the peripatopsids also occur in South America.
Using the new, as-yet-unnamed Chinese fossil as a guidepost, two researchers now suggest that some of the most enigmatic of these animals belong to the phylum Onychophora, which in the modern world includes the velvet worms of the tropics.