Snake-skin Chiton Chiton pelliserpentis
The Snake-skin Chiton's shell is large, oval and elongated. The shell segments, called valves have a sharp ridge or keel. The end valves and side areas are sculptured with radiating ribs of square-shaped nodules.
The Snake-skin Chiton ranges from New South Wales, though eastern Victoria to surround Tasmania, as well as New Zealand. This is the southern Australian representative of the New Zealand chiton, Sypharochiton pelliserpentis.
It occurs at mid-tide level and below on intertidal rocks, preferring cracks, crevices and gutters.
Why is this chiton called the Snake-skinned Chiton ?
What advantage does the eight shell plates offer a chiton ?
Also known as Sypharochiton serpentriones, Sypharochiton maugeanus, and Chiton serpentriones
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