NZ Mollusca

Acanthochitona zelandica (Quoy & Gaimard, 1835)

Acanthochitona zelandica
Henderson Bay, Far North. Under rocks at low tide, 20mm
Classification: Mollusca - Polyplacophora - Neoloricata - Chitonida - Acanthochitonidae - Acanthochitona
Size/Grows to: Length 31mm, Width 20mm
Distribution: North, South, Stewart and Auckland Islands. Intertidal under stones and in rock pools [A.C.F.An.]
Notes: Hairy Chiton. Endemic
Some known Localities
  • Henderson Bay Point, Far North, NZ
  • Golden Bay, NW Nelson, NZ, Dredged
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.30)

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