CHITONS
CHITONIDAE
West Indian Fuzzy Chiton
Acanthopleura granulata
Size
To 10cm

Description
:
Eight overlapping plates (valves). Brown when no encrusted (can appear grey). Girdle is grey, brown or green, with
broad, dark bands. Girdle covered with short coarse bristles.

Ecology
This species lives on rocks  in the Eulittoral (intertidal) zone. Clings tightly to rocks where it grazes at night on algae. This species can tolerate a lot of sun and expose, being resistant to dessication.

Life Cycle
Eggs hatch into lecitotrophic planktonic trocophore larvae (no veliger stage) which later metamorphose and settle on the bottom as young adults
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
EuLit, R 10 Veg, Noct I F
West Indian Fuzzy Chiton
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