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  Acanthopleura gemmata (Blainville, 1825)
  Family Name : Chitonidae

  Taxonomic Group : Invertebrates (Mollusc)

  Common Names : Chiton

  • Description
    • Size :
      120 mm
      Description :
      Large chiton bearing about 8 dorsal plates, and with a lateral girdle with many short spines typical of the genus.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Very slow-moving, and grazing on algae on the rock surface, it is found on several islands in the Singapore Straits.
      Habitats :
      Coral Reef
      Distribution :
      Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, East Africa to Australia
      Nature Reserves :
      Labrador Nature Reserve
  • Conservation
    • Conservation Notes :
      It requires sufficient areas of rocky habitat along the shore and intertidal areas with crevices. Masonry sea-walls do not seem to provide adequate habitat for this species.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Endangered (EN)
  • References
    • Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 

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