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Mediterranean Green Chiton

Chiton olivaceus

Description:

Elongated oval shaped body, average length: 25 mm.

Habitat:

The species is common in the Mediterranean Sea but also to be found in the nearby Atlantic Ocean, it lives in shallow waters in rocky "caves" and holes exposed to the power of waves (the same environment as the limpets and barnacles ).

Notes:

Third picture shows its little "planet" where it lives :)

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11 Comments

injica
injica 7 years ago

Tnx ;) I guess I'll have a better week than a weekend cause I'm going to the coast again ;) You too, and enjoy the summer, here up is more like autumn already ;)

You're welcome, @Injica, have a great weekend :)

injica
injica 7 years ago

Tnx Despina ;)

namitha
namitha 7 years ago

Thaks injica, it would be great to see more chitons.

HarumKoh
HarumKoh 7 years ago

I understood, thank you. :))
sea is still amaze me. sometimes I find something totally I don't know. my son found Fireworm once.

injica
injica 7 years ago

Tnx Harum ;) the color surprised me too, usually they are just trying to imitate the rock around but this one was braver to add some coloration ;)

injica
injica 7 years ago

Tnx namitha that's so nice to hear, chitons are very common, this one is not, but some like this one http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/193... are fairly common on most rocks ;) I will be searching for them to find some other species too ;)

HarumKoh
HarumKoh 7 years ago

bright color! nice!

namitha
namitha 7 years ago

All your marine spottings are really nice. I especially liked the "Acetabularia", this chiton is also very pretty. This is one molluscan I wish to see in real life.

injica
injica 7 years ago

it is, this one was one of the biggest I have seen, around 4 cm.

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 7 years ago

Is this a chiton?

injica
Spotted by
injica

Croatia

Spotted on Aug 9, 2013
Submitted on Aug 9, 2013

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