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Tonicella venusta  (Lovely Chiton)

Photo of Tonicella venusta by Aaron Baldwin
© Aaron Baldwin (Photo ID #2277)

Photographer's Submitted Details

Photo Location John Brown's Beach, Sitka Sound, Alaska Photographer Aaron Baldwin
Habitat Lowest intertidal and subtidal
Photo Date Upload Date October 27, 2007
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UTM Northing Photo ID # 2277
Notes Despite just being named in 1999, the Lovely Chiton is quite common. It is likely it is overlooked as being a juvenile of other Tonicella species. This is the smallest of the Tonicella found in the PNW, usually under 2 cm in length. The white-spotted girdle is similar to Boreochiton boreas (formerly Tonicella rubra) but the distinct white and pink lines on the Lovely chiton help identify it. These are found from the Gulf of Alaska to southern California. Photo taken with Pentax Optio W10 underwater camera submerged in shallow aquarium.


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