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Species List for Subfamily: Chitoninae
Mollusca (Phylum) > Polyplacophora (Class) > Neoloricata (Subclass) > Chitonida (Order) > Chitonoidea (Superfamily) > Chitonidae (Family) > Chitoninae (Subfamily)
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  • Subfamily: Chitoninae

  • Chiton glaucus Gray, 1828
    Length 55mm, Width 35mm, Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    North, South and Stewart Island. Intertidal. Introduced to Tasmania and now established there ACFE.
  • Rhyssoplax aerea (Reeve, 1847)
    (=huttoni Suter, =clavata Suter, =suteri Iredale)
    Length 40mm, Width 23mm, Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Stewart and Auckland Islands. From low tide under stones in coastal situations ACFAnE.
  • Rhyssoplax canaliculata (Quoy & Gaimard, 1835)
    Length 26mm, Width 15mm, Chiton, Marine
    North, South and Stewart Island ACFM
  • Rhyssoplax stangeri (Reeve, 1847)
    Length 20mm, Width 12mm, Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    North and South Island. At low tide and shallow water ACFE.
  • Rhyssoplax exasperata Iredale, 1914
    Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    Kermadec Islands. At shallow subtidal depths under stones KE.
  • Sypharochiton aorangi (Creese & O'Neill, 1987)
    Length 15mm, Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    Northern NZ offshore islands, Three Kings, Poor Knights, Aldermen Islands AE.
  • Sypharochiton pelliserpentis Quoy & Gaimard, 1835
    Length 42mm, Width 26mm, Chiton, Marine
    North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands. Above mid-tide level on and under stones ACFM
  • Sypharochiton sinclairi (Gray, 1843)
    Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Stewart and also recently recorded from the Chatham Islands ACFME.
  • Sypharochiton themeropis (Iredale, 1914)
    Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    Kermadec Islands. Intertidal and immediate subtidal in rock crevices KE.
  • Sypharochiton torri (Suter, 1907)
    Length 10mm, Width 6mm, Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    South Island. Bluff and Stewart Island FE.
Key to Geographical Ranges
NZ Map showing Geographical Ranges
The symbols K.A.C.F.M.An. are used to indicate the geographical range of the species. They have been adopted to give an approximation of the range of each species within New Zealand.
Kermadec Islands
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
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