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Placiphorella rufa  (Red-Veiled Chiton)

Photo of Placiphorella rufa by Aaron Baldwin
© Aaron Baldwin (Photo ID #2290)

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Photo Location Auke Bay, Alaska Photographer Aaron Baldwin
Habitat Subtidal uder rock ledges and large boulders
Photo Date Upload Date October 27, 2007
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UTM Northing Photo ID # 2290
Notes This interesting chiton, like others of its genus, uses the elongated front of the girdle to crush small crustaceans which it eats. I have observed this species catching and eating small sculpins! A great example of the never ending source of amazement in the natural world, chitons strike me as the last group you would expect to evolve into predators!

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