Onychophora collection

The phylum Onychophora contains the class Onychophorida. The creatures in this class are close relatives of the Arthropoda and Tardigrada, but do not have a hard exoskeleton.

The Museum’s Onychophora collection contains approximately 49 species. 

The collection is housed mainly in alcohol, but there is also a sizeable number of microscope slides. There was recently a donation of 1000 slides of specimens in cross-section.


Onychophorids are close relatives of the Arthopoda and are commonly known as Velvet worms.