Giant Pacific ("Gumboot") Chiton
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Monterey Bay Aquarium (Living Species List)

Gumboot Chiton (Names, Life, Human interaction, References, Notes) 

Gumboot Chiton (adult form of larva)

Gumboot Chiton (chiton plates) gumboot/gumboot.html 

GumbootChiton (Taxonomy)

Gumboot Chiton (Photo #2608)

Gumboot Chiton (Photograph) 

Gumboot Chitons at Race Rocks (Quicktime video)

Gumboot Chiton (Underside photos) 

BG - Adult Barnacle --> BOOT & HISTORY OF NAME 
The Gumboot Chiton (Cryptochiton stelleri). The Pacific Coast of North America is
home to the world's largest chiton, a class of animals in the Phylum Mollusca. ...

The top picture shows a typical individual of this species next to the size 12 gumboot of the author. The genus name for this animal, Cryptochiton, means 'cryptic' or 'hidden' referring both to ithe fact that it looks rather like a clump of rock in its natural environment, and the eight bony plates normally seen on the back surface of chitons are hidden from view by the thick red mantle. The species hame, stelleri, is in honor of the great German explorer scientist, Georg Steller, one of the first great naturalists to study life on the North American West Coast around 1750.

Chitons are often found washed up on sandy beaches in various stages of decay. The middle photo shows one such rotting chiton revealing 5 of the 8 bony plates exposed by the removal of the foot and internal organs. Many members of phylum Mollusca have protective shells, but only members of this Class of chitons, (Class Polyplacophora - meaning 'many shelled') have the 8 bony plates.

Chitons  (Several Chiton photos) 

Gumboot Chiton  (Dark red photo)

Monday Magazine  (Gumboot dancing & chiton diagram) 21_2002/wildside.htm 

Chiton - Wikipedia  (Encyclopedia) 

Aquarium of the Bay  (Factual description)

Index Pictures  (Large photo

EZIDweb-Cryptochiton stelleri  (Photographs)

Käferschnecken - Polyplacophora (Called "BEETLE SNAILS")
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"" flexibel. Der eingangs erwähnte Cryptochiton stelleri heißt dementsprechend
auf Englisch gumboot chiton (Gummistiefel-Chiton). ...

Aquarium Frontiers .

Northwest : Creature Feature  (Photographs) data/chryptochiton/stelleri.php

Microsoft PowerPoint - Lecture 8   File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat -
OR View as HTML Lecture%208%20-%20Mollusca%20IV.pdf 

North Coast Intertidal Guide  (Numerous Photographs) 

Marine Life  (Many marine photographs) 

Cryptochiton stelleri  (Photo of chiton plates)

Discovery Programs   (Fine photographs) Chitons.html

Class Polyplacophora  (Technical info) mollusca/polyplacophora.html 

Visual Shell Kit Miscellaneous Classes  (Shells butterfly shaped) lesson_one_misc.html

Edible Molluscs Page 6  (Unnamed photos) molluscan_food_6.htm

Polyplacophora  (Variety of photographs) Marine%20Invertebrates/polyplac.htm 

Introduction  (Lists of photos) 

Big Creek Fieldtrip Image
(Underside photo of chiton underside) - 2k

Humboldt State: Tidepool Molluscs  (Photograph) Tidepools/molluscs.html

Star Thrower Educational Multimedia  (Unnamed photo of four chitons) DDDB_077%20chitons.htm

SPARS Animals  (Photograph) spars/Animals/animals.htm 

The Sea Slug Forum - Chitons - Polyplacophora, Amphineura  (Questions/discussion of chitons) 

Butterfly Pavilion : Invertebrates    (Link to Butterflies) 

CalPhotos: Browse Invertebrates by Common Names   (Copyrighted list of photos) fauna/com-Invertebrate.html

Phylum Mollusca

BC Biodiversity - Oceanic Diversity: Mollusks