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|The Loricidae is a small family that
includes only the genera Lorica and Loricella. In recent Australian
literature they have been treated in the family Schizochitonidae. Lorica
contains only two species, in NSW being represented by Lorica volvox,
which occurs in shallow water throughout southern Australia. In the
genus Loricella there are 13 species, five of which are fossil and
are recent. Among the recent species of Loricella only L.
angasi lives in shallow water, with the remainder being known from 73-293 m. Recent species of Loricella occur from Australia and
New Zealand to Taiwan and from Celebes to Tonga.
The only two species of the family known from NSW are detailed here.
The descriptive terminology for chitons is given in the introduction to the Acanthochitonidae.
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