Polyplacophora | Chitonida
Burghardt, G. and L. Burghardt. 2006. (Ref. 283)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 2.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 283)
Climate / Range
Northwest Pacific: China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Western Central Pacific: Philippines.
Valves broad; mostly light grayish brown; variously blotched with white, cream, pink, reddish chestnut or blackish brown; some specimens are olive colored mottled with white. Valve surface microgranulose, sculptured with numerous weak, glossy, radiating riblets. Girdle scaly and colored in alternating yellowish and grayish or brownish bands.
Found from intertidal to 50 m, on rocks and gravel (Ref. 75835). 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)