Snakeskin Chiton

Sypharochiton pelliserpentis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1835)

The snakeskin chiton is recongnised by the eight overlapping articulated shell plates on its back and the surface of the girdle in this chiton has a pattern of overlaying scales resembling snakeskin.

They have relatively flexible bodies and can squeeze into narrow crevices – unlike limpets, whose rigid shell prevents entry into such spaces. If detached from rocks, they roll into a ball just as a slater (woodlouse) does

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What habitats does Sypharochiton pelliserpentis live in?

Lives intertidally attached to rocks, especially on sheltered shores They cling to rocks with a muscular grip and move slowly over surfaces at high tide. At low tide the animals mostly retreat to crevices or the undersides of rock

What is the distribution of Sypharochiton pelliserpentis?

South-eastern Australia including Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales

How big does Sypharochiton pelliserpentis grow?

Total length up to 6 cm

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