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 aesthetes (minute light-sensitive organs) in the shell, and by the form
of the spiculose girdle.
Iredale, T. & 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.
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 occurs in NSW is detailed
See the introduction to Acanthochitonidae for shell