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The family Callochitonidae was previously treated as
a subfamily in the large and diverse family Ischnochitonidae, but has
recently been raised to family level. The family is distinguished by
several shell structure features, particularly the presence of extra-pigmentary
aesthetes (minute light-sensitive organs) in the shell, and by the form
of the spiculose girdle.
Iredale, Tom & Basset Hull, A.F. 1927 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 1923-1927).
Kaas, P. & Van Belle, R. 1985. Callochiton
crocinus (Reeve, 1847) p. 48 in Monograph of Living Chitons Volume 2
Suborder Ischnochitonina E.J. Brill/Dr. W. Backhuys Leiden London
Gowlett-Holmes, K. 2001. Callochitoninae. pp
54-56 in Wells, A. & Houston, W.W.K. (eds) Zoological catalogue
of Australia. Vol. 17.2 Mollusca: Aplacophora, Polyplacophora,
Scaphopoda, Cephalopoda. Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing, Australia.
Gowlett-Holmes, K. (1998). Callochitoninae. Pp.
181 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