Polyplacophora | Chitonida
Environment / Climate / Range
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 7.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 296)
Girdle: Medium wide covered with thick recurved bristles. Mucro: Slightly posterior and depressed. Sculpturing of the central area of valves and jugum: Radiated pitting which is finer at dorsal and gets larger towards the girdle. Lateral area: Flat and granular and appears nearly smooth; It is definable by a slightly raised rib. Color of the valves: Slate blue streaked with dark brown. Color of the girdle: Cream (Ref. 296).
Maximum Total Length: 7.6 m. Depth: Intertidal (Ref. 290). Habitat: Sides or bottoms of large boulders on open coast (Ref. 315). Occurs on the sides or bottoms of large boulders in the open coast (Ref. 315); mid to low tide zones from Alaska to Point Concepcion (Ref. 312). Herbivorous, preferring diatoms and green alga, e.g., sea lettuce Ulva sp. (Ref. 312). Members of the class Polyplacophora are mostly gonochoric. Life cycle: Eggs hatch into lecitotrophic planktonic trocophore larvae (no veliger stage) which later metamorphose and settle on the bottom as young adults (Ref. 833).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Members of the class Polyplacophora are mostly gonochoric. Life cycle: Eggs hatch into lecitotrophic planktonic trocophore larvae (no veliger stage) which later metamorphose and settle on the bottom as young adults.
Burghardt, G. and L. Burghardt. 2006. (Ref. 296)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)