Speleoperipatus

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Speleoperipatus
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.

Distribution[edit]

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.

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