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Social behaviour in an Australian velvet worm, Euperipatoides rowelli (Onychophora: Peripatopsidae)

Reinhard, Judith; Rowell, David M

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Onychophora lead a cryptic lifestyle as predators in decaying logs and leaf litter. Hence, very little is known about their behaviour. They are generally assumed to possess only a limited behavioural repertoire, even though their surprisingly evolved brain suggests otherwise. Our studies on the Australian species Euperipatoides rowelli show for the first time that onychophorans are indeed capable of complex behaviour. Euperipatoides rowelli individuals form aggregations of up to 15 females,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/79732
Source: Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1017/S0952836905007090

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