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Acanthopleura gemmata       
Blainville 1925

Chiton


Chrissa Athousis (2011)

 

 

Fact Sheet

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Overview

Introduction


Economic Significance


History of Discovery


Physical Description

Size


Identification Resources


Ecology

Local Distribution and Habitats


Biogeographical Distribution


Life History & Behaviour

Behaviour


Reproduction


Evolution & Systematics

Fossil History


Morphology and Physiology

External Morphology


Internal Anatomy


Molecular Biology & Genetics

Nucleotide Sequences


Conservation

Threats


Wikipedia


References & More Information

Reference List


Names & Taxonomy

Related Names


Synonyms


Common Names

Introduction

Who Am I?

I am an invertebrate.

I have an oval shaped body that is strongly depressed dorso-ventrally.

Even though some features of my structure and development are primitive, I am highly adapted for a life adhering to rocks and shells.

I have a mantle and a distinctive shell that is composed of 8 overlapping plates.

My head is poorly developed and indistinct however I have a very broad and well-developed muscular foot that helps me to adhere to hard substrates.

My head lacks cephalic eyes however my shell has eyes or light receptors that are known as aesthetes which helps me to see.

I am part of the phyla Mollusca.

Who Am I?

Polyplacophora- or chiton!


 Figure 1. Acanthopleura gemmata


This web page is designed for those who wish to gain a better understanding of the exciting organisms known as Polyplacophorans! This web page will focus on the species Acanthopleura gemmata (Figure 1) that is known to occur in Australia and is very abundant on Heron Island! 


Classification

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Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Polyplacophora
Order
Chitonida
Superfamily
Chitonoidea
Family
Chitonidae
Genus
Acanthopleura

Synonyms

Chiton gemmatus (Blainville, 1825)

Common Names

オニヒザラガイ