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Originally erected as a family by Pilsbry in 1893,
this group was treated as a subfamily of the Ischnochitonidae but
recently restored to family level. It is a small family found in most
temperate and tropical seas of the world, usually in the sublittoral
zone (Gowlett-Holmes, 2001). Animals are characterised by strong shell
sculpture and absence of extra-pigmentary aesthete (minute light sensite
organs) in the shell.
Iredale, Tom & Basset Hull, A.F. 1927 Callistelasma
antiqua pp. 54 in A Monograph of the Australian Loricates.
Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Sydney. 168 pp. (This
is a consolidated and repaginated version of the same material that
was published in sections in The Australian Zoologist over the years
Kaas, P. & Van Belle, R. 1994. Callistochiton
antiquus (Reeve, 1847) p. 185 in Monograph of Living Chitons
Volume 5 Suborder Ischnochitonina E.J. Brill/Dr. W. Backhuys
Leiden London Cologne Copenhagen.
Gowlett-Holmes, K. 2001. Callistoplacinae. pp
52-54 in Wells, A. & Houston, W.W.K. (eds) Zoological
catalogue of Australia. Vol. 17.2 Mollusca: Aplacophora,
Polyplacophora, Scaphopoda, Cephalopoda. Melbourne: CSIRO
Gowlett-Holmes, K. (1998). Callistoplacinae. Pp.
182 in Beesley, P.L., Ross, G.J.B. & Wells, A. (eds) Mollusca: The
Southern Synthesis. Fauna of Australia. Vol. 5. CSIRO
Publishing: Melbourne. Part B. viii 565-1234 pp.
The only species that is found in NSW is detailed
See the introduction to Acanthochitonidae for shell