New Zealand velvet worms
Velvet worms can be found in damp and secluded habitats, like under stones, in rotting wood, under the bark of fallen logs, in leaf litter and most often in native forests.
Dr. Maria Minor (Ecology Group, Institute of Agriculture & Environment) studies many aspects of ecology, including the life habits of invertebrate animals that live in soil and leaf litter - Soil Bugs! Learn all about this hidden world at the Soilbugs website.
Dr. Steve Trewick studies evolution of New Zealand peripatus in the Ecology Group at the Institute of Agriculture & Environment.