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Butterfly chiton

Butterfly chiton

The butterfly chiton’s girdle (outer rim) extends over the shell, hiding its greenish-blue valves. Like other chitons, it grazes on thin films of seaweed growing on intertidal rocks.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Shellfish - Chitons, tusk shells and rare classes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006