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Velvet Worms: Onychophora

Conservation Status

Eleven species of velvet worms are listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Three species are listed as Critically Endangered, which means they face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. Two species are listed as Endangered or facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild. Four species are listed as Vulnerable or facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. One species is listed as Lower Risk, or at risk of becoming threatened with extinction in the future. Another is Data Deficient and lacks sufficient information to determine its vulnerability to extinction. The greatest threat to their existence is habitat loss.

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Animal Life ResourceMollusks, Crustaceans, and Related SpeciesVelvet Worms: Onychophora - Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status, No Common Name (epiperipatus Biolleyi): Species Account - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, VELVET WORMS AND PEOPLE