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Molluscs of Tasmania

Chitonidae – Chitoninae: Chiton (Amaurochiton) glaucus Gray, 1828 (‘green chiton’)

Synonym(s): glaucus Gray, 1828.

Typical shell-length 30 mm. A relatively broadly oval chiton, uniformly green. Quite mobile when disturbed, and will readily roll into a ball if dislodged. Lives intertidally under rocks and stones on sheltered shores, emerging onto exposed rock surfaces at night. Non-native. Occurs in southeastern Australia (TAS only); also New Zealand. In Tasmanian waters, this species is now common in SE Tasmania and probably expanding its range northwards and westwards, following unintentional introduction from New Zealand.


Class: Polyplacophora
Subclass: Chelodina
Order: Neoloricata
Superfamily: Ischnochitonina
Family: Chitonidae
Genus: Chiton

Localities for Chiton glaucus

Bellerive Beach
Bellerive: Kangaroo Bluff
Blackmans Bay
Carlton Beach: Spectacle Island
Carlton: Park Beach
Cockle Creek Bay
Coningham Beach
Coningham: foreshore
Dodges Ferry: Red Ochre Beach
Dover: beach
Dover: Roaring Bay Beach
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Electrona: Peggys Beach
Gordon: Three Hut Point
Hobart: Sandy Bay: Long Beach to Blinking Billy Point
Hobart (unlocalised)
Howden: foreshore
Kettering foreshore
Kettering: Oyster Cove
Kettering: Trial Bay
Kingston Beach
Lauderdale: Bambra Reef
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Lime Bay: Black Rock: beach
Lymington: Copper Alley Bay
Margate: Dru Point & Nierinna Creek mouth
Midway Point (unlocalised)
Murdunna: Sommers Beach
Ninepin Point
North Bruny Island: Barnes Bay
North Bruny Island: Dennes Point
North Bruny Island: Ford Bay
North Bruny Island: Great Bay (unlocalised)
North Bruny Island: Killora Bay
North Bruny Island: Killora: Rat Bay
North Bruny Island: Roberts Point
Opossum Bay: The Spit & Shelly Beach
Orford: Luther Point
Orford: Spring Beach
Pitt Water (unlocalised)
Planters Beach to Fishers Point
Port Arthur: Carnarvon Bay
Port Arthur: Safety Cove
Port Arthur (unlocalised)
Port Cygnet: Cray Point
Port Cygnet: Sandrock Bay
Port Esperance: Stringers Cove
Primrose Beach to Carlton Bluff
Primrose Sands
Ralphs Bay (unlocalised)
Randalls Bay
Snug Beach
South Arm: beach
South Arm: Fort Beach
South Arm: Hope Beach: southern end
South Arm: Pigeon Holes
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Cemetery Bluff
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Grass Point
South Bruny Island: Old Jetty Beach
South Bruny Island: Simpsons Bay
Southport: Roaring Beach
Taroona: Alum Cliffs
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tinderbox Beach
Tinderbox: Bellendena: foreshore
Tinderbox: Fishermans Haul
Tinderbox: Fossil Cove
Verona Sands
Woodbridge: Birchs Bay & Yellow Point
Woodbridge: foreshore & Birchs Point

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