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Chiton Illustration

Chitons are molluscs. They are oval in shape. They can grow to 6.5 cm in length. Chitons have eight overlapping shell plates over their body. The shell plates are dark green to brown in colour. A circle of tough muscle called a girdle holds the plates in place.

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Andrew Howells
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Notes

Chitons are molluscs. They are oval in shape. They can grow to 6.5 cm in length. Chitons have eight overlapping shell plates over their body. The shell plates are dark green to brown in colour. A circle of tough muscle called a girdle holds the plates in place.

Chitons live on rocky shores of eastern Australia. They are found attached to rocks.

Chitons eat small particles of plants and animals. They scrape small bits of plants and animals off the rocks with their rough tongue.

Fish, birds and octopuses all eat Chitons.

Chitons look for food at night and can move across the rocks with their muscular foot.

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