Onychophora

Belongs within: Ecdysozoa. The Onychophora include the living velvet worms, a group of soft-bodied, multi-legged terrestrial invertebrates, together with a number of their Palaeozoic marine relatives. Synapomorphies of the onychophoran total group include the limbless posterior extension of the lobopodous trunk, undifferentiated posterior appendages and the loss of radially symmetrical circum-oral structures (Smith & Ortega-Hernández… Continue reading Onychophora