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Mopalia spectabilis  (Red-Flecked Mopalia)

Photo of Mopalia spectabilis by Aaron Baldwin
© Aaron Baldwin (Photo ID #2287)

Photographer's Submitted Details

Photo Location Halibut Point, Sitka Sound, Alaska Photographer Aaron Baldwin
Habitat Lowest intertidal and subtidal
Photo Date June 01, 2007 Upload Date October 27, 2007
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UTM Northing Photo ID # 2287
Notes Mopalia spectabilis is a common chiton, usually under rocks in the lowest tide zone. I find these most often in areas where the rocks are heavily encrusted with bryozoans, hydroids, and other sessile animals. The plates of this chiton often have turquoise zigzag lines. The girdle hairs are of medium length and moss-like. Photo taken with Pentax Optio W10 underwater camera.


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