Velvet worms, or peripatus as they're often known sit in their own Phyla, the Onychophora. Older than rock, these invertebrates first evolved over 500 million years ago and as an organism they've remained largely unchanged over that time. That makes them 1325 times older than our genus even by conservative standards. But these fascinating invertebrates are far more than the sum of their long history. They're not worms, they're not insects, they're something quite unique and special. If you want to know more go to http://www.jamesreardon.org
Also staring a centipede, a little collembola and a pseudoscorpion.
The little 13mm star of this short sequence is Ooperipatellus viridimaculatus from the South West of New Zealand's South Island. Filmed with a Black Magic Cinema Camera using bellows lens, 30p conformed to a 25p timeline, iso800 (very photophobic little chaps) ProRes HQ, coloured with Colourista II in Premiere Pro CC.
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