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Velvet worm says..... Give me a hug! by melvynyeo Velvet worm says..... Give me a hug! by melvynyeo
Someone gives me a premium membership!! Yay!!! :) Thank you my friend for your generous gift! :) My 3rd Velvet worm and this time, i spend more time with it, exploring more angles and composition :) Finding a velvet worm in wild in Singapore is extremely difficult and i was lucky to find 3 within 2 months.
Another angle :) Check this out by FluorineSpark. SO cute :) fluorinespark.deviantart.com/

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onychoph…
The entire body—including the stub feet—is littered with numerous papillae: warty protrusions that carry a mechanoreceptive bristle (responsive to mechanical stimuli) at the tip, each of which is also connected to further sensory nerve cells lying beneath. The mouth papillae, the exits of the slime glands, probably also have a function in sensory perception. Sensory cells known as "sensills" on the "lips" or labrum respond to chemical stimuli and are known as chemoreceptors. These are also found on the two antennae, which can be regarded as the velvet worm's most important sensory organs. Except in a few (typically subterranean) species, one simply constructed eye (ocellus) lies laterally, just underneath the head, behind each antenna. This consists of a chitinous ball lens, a cornea and a retina and is connected to the centre of the brain via an optic nerve. The retina comprises numerous pigment cells and photoreceptors; the latter are easily modified flagellated cells, whose flagellum membranes carry a photosensitive pigment on their surface.

The rhabdomeric eyes of the Onychophora are thought to be homologous with the median ocelli of arthropods; this would imply that the last common ancestor of arthropods bore only median ocelli. However, the innervation shows that the homology is limited: the eyes of Onychophora form behind the antenna, whereas the opposite is true in arthropods.

Both sexes possess pairs of gonads, opening via a channel called a gonoduct into a common genital opening, the gonopore, which is located on the rear ventral side. Both the gonads and the gonoduct are derived from true coelom tissue.

In females, the two ovaries are joined in the middle and to the horizontal diaphragm. The gonoduct appears differently depending on whether the species is live-bearing or egg-laying. In the former, each exit channel divides into a slender oviduct and a roomy "womb", the uterus, in which the embryos develop. The single vagina, to which both uteri are connected, runs outward to the gonopore. In egg-laying species, whose gonoduct is uniformly constructed, the genital opening lies at the tip of a long egg-laying apparatus, the ovipositor. The females of many species also possess a sperm repository called the receptacle seminis, in which sperm cells from males can be stored temporarily or for longer periods.

Males possess two separate testes, along with the corresponding sperm vesicle (the vesicula seminalis) and exit channel (the vasa efferentia). The two vasa efferentia unite to a common sperm duct, the vas deferens, which in turn widens through the ejaculatory channel to open at the gonopore. Directly beside or behind this lie two pairs of special glands, which probably serve an auxiliary reproductive function; the rearmost glands are also known as anal glands.

A penis-like structure has so far only been found in males of the genus Paraperipatus but has not yet been observed in action. As previously mentioned, males of many Australian species exhibit special structures on the head, which apparently take over certain tasks in transferring sperm to the females. In the species Euperipatoides rowelli, sperm is collected by these structures, and, when a female is encountered, the worm inserts its head in the vagina.
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:iconbrman07:
Brman07 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
it's....cute
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kirakinn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO cute!
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exit-humanity Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
cute :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Thank you! :)
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exit-humanity Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome :D
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TimK-otic Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Adorible! splendid
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Thank you! :)
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youchangedme Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
He looks so cute! It's avery nice photography.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Thank you! :)
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dllavaneras Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic shot! I've only seen Epiperipatus and Peripatus in this side of the world. 
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Thank you! :)
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:iconfanboyphilosopher:
FanboyPhilosopher Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
How adorisgustcute! I've never seen one this close
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Thanks! :)
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:iconthoma:
thoma Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
He looks like a sour gummy worm. I alllmost almost wanna eat him.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Haha :)
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1XxReXorxX1 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Its about to have 666 comments XD, also thats the most cute/wtf/creepy thing ive ever seen lol!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
:)
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:iconstrobinoart:
StrobinoArt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is pretty cool. Looks like a fantasy creature.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Thanks! :)
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:iconlupagarneau:
LupaGarneau Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG, I have a fear of worms... but this is adorable!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Thanks! :)
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:iconsilkenwinds:
SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Darned cutust bug I've ever seen :D
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Thanks! :)
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:iconsilkenwinds:
SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
*cutest
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Galejro Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwww Huggle! 
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Thanks! :)
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CinnamonPancakeKitty Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
OMG it's squishy from monsters university!!!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
:)
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Piteriuz Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
lol, nice
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Thanks! :)
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Craziness!

That's a lot of papillae. 
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
:)
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Moosplauze Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Quote: "A penis-like structure has so far only been found in males of the genus Paraperipatus but has not yet been observed in action." :happybounce:

You got a task there for your next velvet worm photosession. I think I've fainted. 
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Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
I want to eat that fat worm
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IceManDBB Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Somehow this is irritating cute. XD
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bluemangoimages Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing focus! Are you using a macro lens or an extension tube?
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Shack-Nine Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May I use this as my webcam please?
By the way this is adorable!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Sure :)
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Shack-Nine Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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m0zch0ps Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
is it me, or does this velvet worm have a "toothy, oh gosh darn!" face to it, am I imagining it?????
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Thats a grain of sand :)
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Peripatus! I haven't seen one of these since my days in the lab during invertebrate 'practicals'. This is such a great portrait I wanted it as soon as I saw it.
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TurningTheTides Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just want to let you know that I have featured this shot in my journal :heart:
You can find it here heartsdesire16.deviantart.com/…
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TurningTheTides Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol this is adorable. :heart:
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nose-to-the-wind Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
OH MY GOD IT'S SO CUTE!!!
Gorgeous shot.
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MissFlykt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Stunning image! Interesting reading too :-) Excellent work!
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lprothro Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
ITS SO CUTE
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!
You have been featured in my Best of August- feature :aww:
Please check it out and give a favourite if you enjoyed it.
Thank you and have a nice day! :rose:
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Milasery Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks so cute! :meow: Wonderful shot! :clap:
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Miarath Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   General Artist
Wow! This looks amazing!! :omg:
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