A mollusc with a flattened body and eight distinctive overlapping plates that protect them from predators and crashing waves. This chiton was grey-green in colour, about 63 mm x 35 mm. The girdle encircling the plates had a snake-skin like appearance giving it the common name "snakeskin chiton".
These chitons were found attached to the side of a rock in an intertidal rocky shore (Cape Conran) off the south coast of Victoria facing the Bass Strait.
This species is said to prefer rock surfaces in the mid-tide region, rather than under rocks in lower -or sub-tidal zones. They adhere fast to rock surfaces by their mucus-secreting foot and are difficult to dislodge.
Chitons have radulas , which are raspy tongues, with which they scrape off algae.
Australia has about 150 species of chiton and about 90% are endemic to Australia.