General Description

Narrow, flattened oval-shaped body with 8 shell sections (valves) surrounded by a fleshy girdle. The plates (valves) on top of the body are small and most are separated by skin (girdle). Brown to red-brown, or with bands of light and dark colour. Up to 12 cm long.


This worm-like chiton is known for its small valves, which are embedded in a comparatively large fleshy girdle. The valves are often touching in young individuals, separating as the animal grows older. They can twist their body more than most chitons because of these small, separated plates.


Southern Australia.


Under rocks, in tidal pools, to below low tide level, to depth of 36 m.

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