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Family  Callochitonidae

Callochitonid chitons


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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.

Family Referencec

  • 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 Cologne Copenhagen.

  • 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 here .

Identification Notes

See the introduction to Acanthochitonidae for shell terminology.


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