Polyplacophora | Chitonida
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Eastern Pacific: Alaska, Mexico and USA.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 3.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 296)
Body: Uncommon form sometimes found which is red-brown in color. Girdle: medium wide sandy, eroded; flesh or dark gray mottled in color. Surface of the valves: Appears smooth but is microscopically granulated; has scattered wart-like granules which are heavier on the lateral areas; commonly grayish green with darker markings. Lateral areas: Definable. Murco: Forward. Body: uncommon form sometimes found which is red-brown in color (Ref. 296).
Habitat: Intertidal to shallow subtidal (Ref. 289); found in southern California in the mid-tide zone at the rocky shores, especially at Little Corona and Palos Verdes (Ref. 310). Occurs at the mid tide mark. 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. 296)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)