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Key to Irish Chitons
Species Description



Leptochiton scabridus (Jeffreys 1880) [back to the Key] | [next] | [previous]

Length: small, up to 8 mm long, twice as long as wide

Tegmentum colour: dirty white, but mostly stained with yellow or brown mineral deposits

Sculpture: distinct, separated, roundish granules arranged in longitudinal series on central area of intermediate valves, and in radiating rows on the lateral areas. Granules become larger toward the margin.

Girdle: Relatively narrow and covered by small round scales.

Bathymetric range: sublittoral; lives under stones embedded in sand below the low water mark

Geographic range: Found in the north-eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean

Similar species: Leptochiton asellus, Leptochiton cancellatus

Taxonomy and Synonymy:

FAMILY: LEPTOCHITONIDAE
Leptochitonidae Dall, 1889

SUBFAMILY: LEPTOCHITONINAE

GENUS: LEPTOCHITON Gray, 1847

Subgenus: LEPTOCHITON s.s.

Leptochiton scabridus  (Jeffreys 1880 : Chiton)

= Leptochiton scabridus aremoricus Dell'Angelo & Palazzi 1986

Synonyms (=); Dubious synonyms (?); Mis-identifications (!)