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Placiphorella velata  (Veiled Chiton)

Photo of Placiphorella velata by Aaron Baldwin
© Aaron Baldwin (Photo ID #2289)

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Photo Location Victoria BC, breakwater Photographer Aaron Baldwin
Habitat Under rock ledges and in between rocks, lowest intertidal
Photo Date Upload Date October 27, 2007
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UTM Northing Photo ID # 2289
Notes This fascinating group of chitons are predators on other invertebrates. They use the extended front portion of the girdle to trap and crush small crustaceans like amphipods and shrimp. The flap is held up, and quickly pressed down when anything is lured under!

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