Onychophora collections

A velvet worm

A velvet worm © Geoff Gallice

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.

One thousand slides of specimens in cross section were recently donated to the collection.

Material type

The collection is housed mainly in alcohol, but there are also a sizeable number of microscope slides.

Looking for a specimen?

The Onychophora collection is being digitised


Miranda Lowe

If you would like to use any specimens for research   

Collections on the move

Access to some collections will be affected as we prepare for the move to our new collections, science and digitisation centre.

Accessing the collections

Scientists and collections management specialists can visit the collections and borrow specimens for research.

Collections management

Our duty is to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our collections.