Polyplacophora | Chitonida
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Benthic; depth range 0 - 24 m (Ref. 107695). Tropical
Western Indian Ocean.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Minimum depth from Ref. 1726. Intertidal to shallow subtidal. Found under medium-sized granite rocks or dead coral slabs, slightly buried in coarse sand (Ref. 1726). Most chitons are microphagous feeders that consume fine algae and other organisms they scrape via their radula (Ref. 833).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Members of the class Polyplacophora are mostly gonochoric. Life cycle: Eggs hatch into lecitotrophic planktonic trocophore larvae (no veliger stage) which later metamorphose and settle on the bottom as young adults.
Dell'Angelo, B., A. Bonfitto, M. Taviani and B. Sabelli. 2003. (Ref. 703)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 127697)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
| FishSource |
Estimates of some properties based on models
): 26.2 - 29, mean 27.5 (based on 543 cells).