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This article is about the genus Peripatus. For the velvet worms as a whole, also known as peripatus, see Onychophora.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Onychophora
Class: Udeonychophora
Order: Euonychophora
Family: Peripatidae
Genus: Peripatus
Guilding, 1826

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Peripatus is a genus of velvet worms in the Peripatidae family.[1] The name "peripatus" (unitalicized and uncapitalized) is also used to refer to the Onychophora as a whole, although this group comprises many other genera besides Peripatus. They are found in Central America and northern South America.[2]


The genus contains the following species:[3][1]

Peripatus antiguensis Bouvier, 1899 and Peripatus bavaysi Bouvier, 1899 are considered nomina dubia by Oliveira et al. 2012.


  1. ^ a b Oliveira, Read, Mayer (2012). "A world checklist of Onychophora (velvet worms), with notes on nomenclature and status of names". ZooKeys. 211: 1–70. doi:10.3897/zookeys.211.3463. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Trewick, Steve; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2014). NZ Wildlife. Auckland: Penguin. pp. 171–178. ISBN 978-0-143-56889-6. 
  3. ^ "Updated Onychophora Checklist". Onychophora Website. Retrieved 6 July 2016.