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|The Mopaliidae is a small family found
mainly in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, mostly living in the intertidal and
shallow subtidal regions. In Australia, 5 species are known, only one of
which occurs in NSW. The family includes the unusual species Palciphorella
atlantica (Verrill & Smith, 1882) which has a world-wide deep
water distribution. In Australia it occurs at depths of 200-1700 m south
In this family, the girdle has hairs, spines and bristles, but never has scales.
The only species known from NSW is detailed here.
The descriptive terminology for chitons is given in the introduction to the Acanthochitonidae.
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