NZ Mollusca

Sypharochiton sinclairi (Gray, 1843)

Sypharochiton sinclairi
Henderson Bay, Far North Reproduced courtesy of inaturalist.nz ©tangatawhenua
Classification: Mollusca - Polyplacophora - Neoloricata - Chitonida - Chitonidae: Chitoninae - Sypharochiton
Family: CHITONIDAE: CHITONINAE
Distribution: North, South, Stewart and also recently recorded from the Chatham Islands [A.C.F.M.]
Notes: Endemic
Some known Localities
  • Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Muriwai, Auckland, NZ
  • Motutara, Auckland, NZ
  • Mellons Bay, Howick, Auckland, NZ
  • Lion Rock, Piha, Auckland, NZ
  • Manukau Reef, Owenga, Chatham Islands, NZ
References:
  • Marshall, B.A., Walton, K. 2015: New records of intertidal and shallow sub-tidal (to 30 m) Mollusca from the Chatham Islands, Cookia, 27 (p.2)
  • Nikula, R., Spencer, H.G., Waters, J.M. 2011: Evolutionary consequences of microhabitat: Population-genetic structuring in kelp- vs. rock-associated chitons, Molecular Ecology, 20 (p.4916)
  • Hazelwood, B.F. Sep/1992: The blue-ringed chiton - Chiton sinclairi, Poirieria, 16(4) (p.23)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.29)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.