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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Onychophora
Class: Onychophora
Order: Onychophora
Family: Peripatidae
Genus: Speleoperipatus
Species: S. spelaeus
Binomial name
Speleoperipatus spelaeus
Peck, 1975

Speleoperipatus is a monospecific genus of velvet worm in the Peripatidae family, containing the single species Speleoperipatus spelaeus.


It is endemic to Jamaica, troglobitic, and currently known from only two sites, both in northern St. Catherine. Only five individuals have been found as of 2013 - four specimens collected by Dr S Peck in 1975 at Pedro Cave, and one individual found (not collected, but confirmed photographically by Peck) at Swansea Cave by members of the Jamaican Cave Organisation in 2010.