Peripatopsis leonina Purcell, 1899:344

Lion's Hill velvet worm



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

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.


Other references:

Bouvier, E.-L. (1905). Monographie des Onychophores. Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Zoologie 2: 1-383. [p. 121-122]

Hamer, M. (2003). Peripatopsis leonina. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. ( Downloaded on 12 December 2010.


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