Polyplacophora | Chitonida
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Benthic; depth range 0 - 1 m (Ref. 2022). Tropical
Western Central Atlantic: USA, Colombia and the West Indies.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 7.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 281)
Valve color: Variable; blackish brown; olive with flecks, patches and lines of whitish merging together towards the middle; or purplish brown or light-olive with zebra like stripes on the sides. Valve surface: Smooth except for a microscopic, silky texture. Lateral area: Little raised (Ref. 281).
Very common in rocky coast (Ref. 292). Intertidal and spray zones of rocky shore (Ref. 2022). Epibiotic (Ref. 110502). Members of the class Polyplacophora are mostly gonochoric. Life cycle: Eggs hatch into lecitotrophic planktonic trocophore larvae (no veliger stage) which later metamorphose and settle on the bottom as young adults (Ref. 833).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Members of the class Polyplacophora are mostly gonochoric. Life cycle: Eggs hatch into lecitotrophic planktonic trocophore larvae (no veliger stage) which later metamorphose and settle on the bottom as young adults.
Burghardt, G. and L. Burghardt. 2006. (Ref. 281)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
| FishSource |
Estimates of some properties based on models
): 26.4 - 28.3, mean 27.5 (based on 416 cells).
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)