Submissions to protect the habitat of an unusual worm in Dunedin have been received from as afar afield as Costa Rica and Germany.
A colony of peripatus worms, or velet worms, has been protected in a dank Caversham forest by Dunedin City Council staff and Forest and Bird for more than a decade, the Otago Daily Times reported.
But the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) wants to move State Highway 1 to run though the Caversham Valley between Lookout Point and Barnes Drive.
Dunedin City Council have received 46 submissions about the plan, with 41 of them against it, including one from Costa Rica and one from Germany which wanted the worm's community and environment to be protected.
The worms are nocturnal predators, according to Landcare Research, and use a sticky substance to trap their prey.
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