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Molluscs of Tasmania

Chitonidae – Chitoninae: Sypharochiton pelliserpentis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1835) (‘snakeskin chiton’)

Synonym(s): pelliserpentis Quoy & Gaimard, 1836 maugeanus Iredale & May, 1916.
Typical shell-length 60 mm. The most prominent and distinctive chiton on Tasmanian shores; sometimes beached intact. Often occurs in aggregations in rock crevices. Lives intertidally attached to rocks, especially on sheltered shores. Native. Occurs in southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS and VIC); also New Zealand. In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and common species.


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

A-L Localities for Sypharochiton pelliserpentis

Arthur River: Sarah Anne Rocks
Bangor: Lagoon Bay
Beechford: foreshore
Bellerive Beach
Bellerive: Kangaroo Bay
Bicheno: Diamond Island
Bicheno: Redbill Beach
Bicheno: Rice Beach
Blackman Bay: Little Chinaman Bay
Blackmans Bay
Boat Harbour: beach
Bridport: beach
Bridport: East Sandy Point
Burnie: Blythe Heads & estuary
Burnie: Sulphur Creek
Calverts Beach & Goats Bluff
Cape Grim
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Cape Portland: Roses Bay
Cape Portland (unlocalised)
Carlton Beach: Spectacle Island
Carlton: Park Beach
Chain of Lagoons: Piccaninny Point
Charlotte Cove
Clarke Island: Black Point
Clarke Island: Dip Point to Black Rocks
Clarke Island: Maclaines Bay
Cockle Creek Bay
Coles Bay: foreshore
Coles Bay: Richardsons Beach
Coles Bay (unlocalised)
Conical Harbour
Coningham Beach
Coningham: foreshore
Deal Island (unlocalised)
Denison Beach: Porch Rocks
Devonport: Mussel Rock
Dodges Ferry: Red Ochre Beach
Douglas River: beach
Dover: beach
Dover: Kents Beach
Dover: Roaring Bay Beach
Dunalley (unlocalised)
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Earlham: foreshore
East Ulverstone
East Wynyard: beach
Eddystone Point (unlocalised)
Electrona: Peggys Beach
Falmouth: foreshore
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie: foreshore
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Fisher Island
Flinders Island: Leeka: foreshore towards Twelve Hour Point
Flinders Island: Palana Beach
Flinders Island: Port Davies & Cave Beach
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay: Pine Scrub
Flinders Island: Trousers Point
Flinders Island: Trousers Point: beach
Franklin Sound area
Frederick Henry Bay: Sloping Island
Frederick Henry Bay (unlocalised)
Freycinet Peninsula: Cooks Beach
Freycinet Peninsula: Wineglass Bay
Georges Bay: Blanche Point
Goose Island
Greenes Point
Greens Beach: main beach
Hawley Beach
Herlihys Bay: coast to E
Hibbs Lagoon
Hobart: Sandy Bay: Long Beach to Blinking Billy Point
Hobart: Sullivans Cove area
Hobart (unlocalised)
Howden: foreshore
Huon Island
Jacobs Boat Harbour
Kettering foreshore
Kettering: Oyster Cove
Kettering: Trial Bay
King Island: Lavinia Beach: beach nr Lake Martha Lavinia
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
Kingston Beach
Kingston: Boronia Beach
Koonya: Shelly Beach
Lagoon River: mouth
Lauderdale: Bambra Reef
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Leith: foreshore
Lime Bay
Lime Bay: Black Rock: beach
Lime Bay: Green Head
Little Coningham Beach
Little Musselroe Bay: Tree Point area
Little Swanport: Saltworks Beach
Lobster Point
Low Head: Bellbuoy Beach
Low Head: Lagoon Beach
Low Head (unlocalised)
Lymington: Drip Beach

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M-Z Localities for Sypharochiton pelliserpentis

Maatsuyker Island
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
Maria Island: Fossil Cliffs
Maria Island: Howells Point & Painted Cliffs
Maria Island: Point Lesueur
Maria Island: Return Point
Maria Island: Riedlé Bay (unlocalised)
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Marion Bay: northern beaches
Marrawah: Green Point
Marrawah: Mawson Bay: northern end
Mayfield Beach to Mayfield Point
Mayfield Point to Little Christmas Island
Midway Point (unlocalised)
Monk Bay
Mulcahy Bay
Murdunna: foreshore
Murdunna: Sommers Beach
Narawntapu: Badger Head
Narawntapu: Copper Cove
Narawntapu: Griffiths Point
Narawntapu: Little Badger Head
Ninepin Point
North Bruny Island: Apollo Bay
North Bruny Island: Barnes Bay
North Bruny Island: Bull Bay
North Bruny Island: Cape Queen Elizabeth
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
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
North West coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Nubeena: Roaring Beach
Nubeena: White Beach
Opossum Bay: The Spit & Shelly Beach
Orford: East Shelly Beach
Orford: Emerald Beach
Orford: Luther Point
Orford: Spring Beach
Penguin: Johnsons Beach
Penguin (unlocalised)
Pipers Head
Pirates Bay: Fossil Island
Pirates Bay: The Blowhole
Pirates Bay (unlocalised)
Planters Beach to Fishers Point
Point Hibbs
Port Arthur: Denmans Cove
Port Arthur: Point Puer & beach
Port Arthur: Stewarts Bay
Port Arthur (unlocalised)
Port Cygnet: Cray Point
Port Cygnet: Sandrock Bay
Port Davey: Bond Bay
Port Davey: Whalers Cove
Port Esperance: Stringers Cove
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Premaydena: Impression Bay
Primrose Beach to Carlton Bluff
Primrose Sands
Randalls Bay
Rheban Beach
Rocky Cape: Burgess Cove
Rocky Cape: Castle Rock Bay
Rocky Cape: Mary Anne Cove area
Schouten Island: Crocketts Bay
Schouten Island: Sandspit Point
Seymour Beach: northern end
Sisters Beach
Sloping Lagoon: Lagoon Beach
Sloping Main: Black Jack Point
Smithton: Duck Bay
Snug Beach
Somerset: foreshore
Sorell: Orielton Lagoon
South Arm: beach
South Arm: Fort Beach
South Arm: Pigeon Holes
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Cemetery Bluff
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Grass Point
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Beaches: eastern beach
South Bruny Island: Lighthouse Bay
South Bruny Island: Old Jetty Beach
South Bruny Island: Old Jetty Beach: beaches to N
South Bruny Island: Simpsons Bay
South Cape Bay: Lion Rock: beach to SE
Southport Bluff: beach
Southport: Roaring Beach
Stanley: Circular Head
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stanley (unlocalised)
Strahan: Cape Sorell
Swansea: Coswell Beach
Tamar River: Batman Bridge
Tamar River: Beauty Point: Inspection Head area
Tamar River: Bell Bay: Big Bay
Tamar River: Bell Bay: Deceitful Cove
Tamar River: Bell Bay: Donovans Bay
Tamar River: Bell Bay: power-station jetty
Tamar River: Bell Bay: Sawyers Point
Tamar River: Brickmakers Point
Tamar River: Clarence Point: foreshore
Tamar River: Devils Elbow
Tamar River: East Arm
Tamar River: Egg Island Point
Tamar River: George Town: She Oak Point area
Tamar River: George Town (unlocalised)
Tamar River: George Town: York Cove
Tamar River: Ilfraville: Redbill Point
Tamar River: Ilfraville: Sandy Beach
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Tamar River: Long Reach
Tamar River: Middle Arm
Tamar River: Middle Arm: Shag Head
Tamar River: Paper Beach
Tamar River: Rowella: West Bay
Tamar River: Rowella: Willmores Bluff
Tamar River: Spring Bay
Tamar River: West Arm
Tamar River: York Town: creek mouth
Taroona: Alum Cliffs
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: Coffeys Gulch
The Gardens: Mateys Gulch to Gardens Lagoon
Tinderbox Beach
Tinderbox: Bellendena: foreshore
Tinderbox: Fishermans Haul
Triabunna (unlocalised)
Trial Harbour area
Verona Sands
Waterhouse Point
Wedge Bay
West Devonport: Berth 1
West Ulverstone: foreshore
Weymouth: beach
Woodbridge: Birchs Bay & Yellow Point
Woodbridge: foreshore & Birchs Point
Wynyard: Fossil Bluff
Wynyard: Inglis River mouth

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