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Molluscs of Tasmania

Mopaliidae: Plaxiphora (Plaxiphora) albida (Blainville, 1825) (‘whitened chiton’)

Synonym(s): albida Blainville, 1825 costata Blainville, 1825 glaucus Quoy & Gaimard, 1835 mawlei Iredale & Hull, 1926.
Typical shell-length 50 mm. A large species, characteristic of exposed shores where it is often prominent on the upper surface of rocks. Lives intertidally attached to rocks on exposed shores. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (QLD, NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and common species; sometimes beached intact.


Class: Polyplacophora
Subclass: Chelodina
Order: Neoloricata
Superfamily: Ischnochitonina
Family: Mopaliidae
Genus: Plaxiphora

Localities for Plaxiphora albida

Albatross Island
Bicheno: Diamond Island
Bicheno: Rice Beach
Binalong Bay: gulches
Blackmans Bay
Cape Portland (unlocalised)
Carlton Beach: Spectacle Island
Chain of Lagoons: Piccaninny Point
Coningham: foreshore
Cremorne: foreshore
Croppies Beach: northern end
Curtis Island
Devonport (unlocalised)
Dodges Ferry: Red Ochre Beach
Dodges Ferry: Tiger Head
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Earlham: foreshore
Eddystone Point (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Fisher Island
Flinders Island: Lady Barron (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Palana Beach
Fortescue Bay
Franklin Sound area
Frederick Henry Bay: Sloping Island
Furneaux Group (unlocalised)
Georges Bay (unlocalised)
Goose Island
Howden: foreshore
Jacobs Boat Harbour
King Island: Cape Wickham: foreshore to E
King Island: City of Melbourne Bay
King Island: Currie Harbour
King Island: Disappointment Bay
King Island: Ettrick Beach
King Island: Fitzmaurice Bay
King Island: Grassy Harbour
King Island: Grassy Harbour: Sandblow Bay
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island: Porky Beach
King Island: Red Hut Point
King Island: Seal Bay: Black Point
King Island: Seal Point
King Island: Stokes Point: Gulchway
King Island: Surprise Bay
King Island (unlocalised)
King Island: Victoria Cove
Kingston Beach
Kingston: Boronia Beach
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Little Musselroe Bay: Tree Point area
Lobster Point
Low Head (unlocalised)
Maatsuyker Island
Maria Island: Fossil Cliffs
Maria Island: Howells Point & Painted Cliffs
Maria Island: Return Point
Marion Bay: northern beaches
Marrawah: Mawson Bay: northern end
Mercury Passage: Darlington Bay
North Bruny Island: Cape Queen Elizabeth
North Bruny Island: Great Bay (unlocalised)
North Bruny Island: Variety Bay
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Orford (unlocalised)
Pipers Head
Pirates Bay: Fossil Island
Pirates Bay: The Blowhole
Pirates Bay (unlocalised)
Port Arthur: Point Puer & beach
Port Arthur (unlocalised)
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Primrose Sands
Recherche Bay
Rocky Cape (unlocalised)
Scamander (unlocalised)
Schouten Island: Crocketts Bay
Schouten Island: Sandspit Point
Ship Stern Bluff
South Arm: Hope Beach: southern end
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Cemetery Bluff
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Beaches: eastern beach
South Bruny Island: Neck Beach: Blighs Rocks
Southport: Roaring Beach
Storm Bay: Iron Pot reef
Strahan: Cape Sorell
Swansea (unlocalised)
Taroona Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
Three Hummock Island: Ranger Retreat
Tinderbox Beach
Trial Harbour
Woolnorth: Woolnorth Point

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