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Cryptochiton stelleri   (Middendorff, 1847)

giant Pacific chiton

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Polyplacophora | Chitonida | Acanthochitonidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic; depth range 0 - 600 m (Ref. 290).  Temperate

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Pacific Ocean. Temperate to polar.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 32.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 865)

Short description Morphology

Valves: Pure white; completely covered by what appears to be coarse maroon leather. Large white valves (Ref. 296).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Fisheries: The foot of the Gumboot Chiton is sometimes eaten in the same manner as the abalone (Ref. 296). Depth ranges from intertidal to 600 m. Inhabits a variety of bottom-types, but prefer stone and pebble (Ref. 290); at some periods in their life cycle, they teem into the intertidal zone (Ref. 339). Often found on the beach (Ref. 296). 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.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Burghardt, G. and L. Burghardt. 2006. (Ref. 296)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)


CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: of potential interest
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Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 1.5 - 9.9, mean 6 (based on 341 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (20 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown