Polyplacophora | Chitonida
Environment / Climate / Range
Benthic; depth range 0 - 2 m (Ref. 2022). Tropical
Western Central Atlantic: USA, Colombia and the West Indies.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 3.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 281)
Maximum Total Length: 3.8 centimeters. Body: Elongated; has girdle that covers most of the valves. Valves: Have four clumps of long, glassy bristles near the anterior valve and one on each side of the other valves. Clumps: Set in cuplike collars of the girdle. Pustules: Tiny, round, sharply raised; covering end valves and lateral areas of middle valves. Dorsal longitudinal ridge: Raised, narrow, distinct and smoothish except for very fine pinpoints. Lower edge of the girdle: Dense fringe of brown or bluish bristles (Ref. 281).
Upper sublittoral, under stones and coral rubble (Ref. 2022, page 123). 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. 281)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
| FishSource |
Estimates of some properties based on models
): 23.8 - 28.3, mean 27.1 (based on 319 cells).
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)