Animal Species:Ischnochiton australis

Not only is this the largest chiton found in Sydney, it is also the most common. If you turn a rock over on any rock platform in Sydney, you should find a few. This species congregates in large groups on rocks close to the low-tide mark.

Chitons on a rock.

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Chiton

Identification

The shell of this chiton is green-brown and generally not covered in algae, as is the case with some other chiton species in Sydney.

Size range

9 cm

Distribution

This chiton species is found in southern Australia.

Habitat

Chitons are found on intertidal rocky shores.

Classification

Species:
australis
Genus:
Ischnochiton
Family:
Ischnochitonidae
Class:
Polyplacophora
Phylum:
Mollusca
Kingdom:
Animalia

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Tags chiton, mollusca, molluscs, invertebrates, polyplacophora, identification, wildlife of sydney,

1 comment

fernando - 7.09 PM, 28 September 2011
Do you give the Order of any of the species?

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