Sypharochiton pelliserpentis

Snakeskin Chiton

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  • Sypharochiton pelliserpentis Snakeskin Chiton

    22 Mar 2018-37.8,148.7Leuba Ridgway

    A mollusc with a flattened body and eight distinctive overlapping plates that protect them from predators and crashing waves. This chiton was grey-green in colour, about 63 mm x 35 mm. The girdle encircling the plates had a snake-skin like appearance giving it the common name "snakeskin chiton". These chitons were found along with barnacles, attached to the side of a rock in an intertidal rocky shore (Cape Conran) off the south coast of Victoria facing the Bass Strait. This species is said to prefer rock surfaces in the mid-tide region, rather than under rocks in lower -or sub-tidal zones.


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    Chris Lindorff, Cathy Powers, David Francis and 1 others starred this.

    1. David Francis  Sypharochiton pelliserpentis added to the db.

      Reply • 30 Mar 2018

    2. David Francis  Barnacle family, Synagogidae also added.

      Reply • 30 Mar 2018