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Katherina tunicata  (Black Katy Chiton)

Photo of Katherina tunicata by Aaron Baldwin
© Aaron Baldwin (Photo ID #2292)

Photographer's Submitted Details

Photo Location Halibut Point, Sitka Sound, Alaska Photographer Aaron Baldwin
Habitat Upper intertidal rocks
Photo Date Upload Date October 27, 2007
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UTM Northing Photo ID # 2292
Notes This chiton is an unusual member of the Mopaliidae, the family that includes the hairy chitons. Katherina tunicata, called the Black Katy chiton (the Tlingit of SE Alaska call this the gumboot, a name that refers to the giant chiton Cryptochiton stelleri in other regions). In this species the smooth girdle covers all but the central portion of the plates. Photo taken with Pentax Optio W10 underwater camera submerged in shallow aquarium.

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