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Spiny Chiton

Acanthopleura spinosa

Description:

Spiny Chitons are "notably dark in coloration, oval in shape and of medium to large size (10 cm), relative to other chitons. [...T]here is a girdle or fleshy skirt that defines the shape [...], the 8 plates are embedded into this structure. The significant feature of this species [...] are the thick black spines of variable length embedded in the girdle." (Museum Western Australia)

Habitat:

On rocks that get covered by the tide at Goombaragin, Pender Bay.

Notes:

Further reference: https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:...

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4 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 5 months ago

Thank you Neil! They're pretty cool for sure. Glad you enjoyed :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 months ago

Nice one, Liana. I've never seen this species of chiton before. Amazing find! Thanks for sharing :)

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 9 months ago

Cheers Mark :) They have to be hey?! :D

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 months ago

Nice find. I was just marvelling over a snakeskin chiton video yesterday. They seem much more interesting than their usual disposition suggests.

armadeus.4
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Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Aug 8, 2020
Submitted on Jan 31, 2021

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