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Eastern Beaded Chiton
Chaetopleura apiculata (Say in Conrad, 1834)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Polyplacophora - chitons »  order Ischnochitonina »  family Ischnochitonidae »  genus Chaetopleura


Chaetopleura apiculata - Eastern Beaded Chiton

Author: Tunnel et al.

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Chaetopleura apiculata (Say, 1834) Eastern Beaded Chiton
Distribution: Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Florida, Texas. Size: 7 to 20 mm .
Description: Color light brownish to yellowish with a lighter or darker coloration in the middle of the valves; shape broadly oval; distinct axial carina in center of valves; side areas slightly elevated; head and tail valves with small scattered beads; central valves with angled rows of beads; girdle thick and leathery with microscopic beads and scattered hairlike spines in fresh specimens. Habitat: On other shells or rocks below low-tide line to depths of 37 m (121 ft). Remarks: In Texas has been recorded on beach drift in San Luis Pass; live specimens were taken at SPI. Other specimens have been recorded from Heald Bank. See Ode and Speers (1971c); Rehder (1981); Harry (1984a).
Tunnell, J.W. , Andrews, J. , Barrera, N.C. & Moretzsohn, F., 2010. Encyclopedia of Texas seashells.
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Chaetopleura apiculata Say, 1834]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013
CZ Pfleger V. (1999): České názvy živočichů III. Měkkýši (Mollusca), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 108 pp. [as Chaetopleura apiculata (SAY, 1830)]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013

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