West Indian fuzzy chiton
|West Indian fuzzy chiton|
|A live individual of Acanthopleura granulata on a rock in Guadeloupe|
Chiton granulatus Gmelin, 1791, Chiton blauneri Shuttleworth, 1856
This species is common within its range in the tropical Western Atlantic, but it is often not noticed, because its color and texture are similar to the rocks on which it lives.
In countries that used to be part of the British West Indies, these and other common intertidal chitons are known as "curb"; the foot of the animal is eaten by people and is also used as bait for fishing.
This species of chiton grows to be about 7 cm (3 inches) in length. The girdle is densely spiky and usually has a few black bands.
The surface of the valves (or plates) in this species is almost always heavily eroded in adults, but when not eroded, the valve surface is granulated. The valves are thick and heavy.
This species lives on rocks very high in the intertidal zone. It can tolerate a lot of sun.
- Malacolog info at: 
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- Smithsonian paper by Peter W. Glynn: 
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