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Lepidozona mertensii  (Merten's Scaled Chiton)

Photo of Lepidozona mertensii by Aaron Baldwin
© Aaron Baldwin (Photo ID #2295)

Photographer's Submitted Details

Photo Location Halibut Point, 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 # 2295
Notes One of my favorite chitons, this species is, throughout its range, most often orange-brown in color. In Sitka Sound, however, nearly every individual is this bright violet color, while the orange-brown specimens are uncommon. While I have found the occasional violet specimen elsewhere they are generally quite rare outside of the Sitka region. Photo taken with Pentax Optio W10 underwater camera submerged in shallow aquarium.


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