General Description

Flattened oval-shaped body with 8 shell sections (valves) surrounded by a fleshy girdle. Usually dark green or green-blue. Up to 8 cm long.


This large chiton is one of the most common chitons in southern Australia and is often seen on rocks. It has an unusual escape mechanism; if the rock it is on is removed from water, it curls up and drops back into the water, something that no other chiton is known to do. They are sometimes fished recreationally.


South-eastern Australia.


Under rocks on most rock platforms, below mid tide level to depth of 12 m.

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