Chitonidae - Chitoninae: Chiton (Amaurochiton) glaucus  Gray, 1828 ('green chiton')  

Synonym(s): glaucus Gray, 1828.

Figure a: Woodbridge, TAS (S), coll. S. Grove.

Typical shell-length 30 mm. A relatively broadly oval chiton, uniformly green. Quite mobile when disturbed, and will readily roll into a ball if dislodged. Lives intertidally under rocks and stones on sheltered shores, emerging onto exposed rock surfaces at night.  Non-native. Occurs in southeastern Australia (TAS only); also New Zealand.  In Tasmanian waters, this species is now common in SE Tasmania and probably expanding its range northwards and westwards, following unintentional introduction from New Zealand.


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