Peripatopsis leonina Purcell, 1899:344
Lion's Hill velvet worm
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Last recorded in 1900 (Hamer, 2003).
IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered
The IUCN classified this species as Critically Endangered (CR) because a lack of specimens does not necessarily mean that the species is extinct, because of its putatively cryptic nature. Specimens of an unknown species of Velvet Worm have also been seen but not collected at the type locality (Hamer, 2003).
Lion's Hill (= Signal Hill), Western Cape Province, South Africa
Biology & Ecology
Original scientific description:
Purcell, W. F. (1899). On the South African species of Peripatidae in the collection of the South African Museum. Annals of the South African Museum 1: 331-351.
Hamer, M. (2003). Peripatopsis leonina. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. (https://www.iucnredlist.org). Downloaded on 12 December 2010.