Callochiton crocinus

Description 3

Uncommon medium sized chiton, 20 to 36mm long, 12.5 to 21mm wide. The skirt/girdle is made of a thick stubble of short thick bristles that look like minute scales. Plates vary from buff with green tinge to reddy-brown, sometimes with dark brown marks. The surface is covered in a fine beaded pattern with well developed eyes.

Distribution 3

Found under boulders and stones in the low intertidal zone. North Island, South Island.

Synonyms 3

Callochiton platessa var. fossa (Ashby, 1922)
Chiton crocinus (Reeve, 1847) (original combination)
Chiton versicolor (A. Adams, 1852)

References 3

New Zealand Mollusca, Marine Land and Freshwater Shells, A W B Powell, 1979

Sources and Credits

  1. Tony Wills, no known copyright restrictions (public domain), uploaded by Tony Wills
  2. (c) Femorale, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC),,%201847)
  3. (c) Tony Wills, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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