Polyplacophora | Chitonida
Burghardt, G. and L. Burghardt. 2006. (Ref. 281)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 3.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 281)
Benthic; depth range 0 - 2 m (Ref. 2022)
Climate / Range
Western Central Atlantic: USA, Colombia and the West Indies.
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).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)