Chaetopleura apiculata

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Chaetopleura apiculata
Chaetopleura Apiculata.jpg
Scale in mm
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Polyplacophora
Subclass: Neoloricata
Order: Chitonida
Superfamily: Chitonoidea
Family: Chaetopleuridae
Genus: Chaetopleura
Subgenus: Chaetopleura
Species: C. apiculata
Binomial name
Chaetopleura apiculata
(Say in Conrad, 1834)

Chiton apiculatus Say in Conrad, 1834

Chaetopleura apiculata is a species of small chiton in the family Chaetopleuridae. It is a marine mollusc.



Teeth of the radula of this species were studied using atom-probe tomography to analyze the chemical structure; the results were published in 2011.[2] It was shown that the teeth contained fibers surrounded by magnetite, and some of them also contained sodium or magnesium.[2] This was probably the first time that atom-probe tomography was used in the study of a radula and in biominerals.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Schwabe, E. (2010). Chaetopleura (Chaetopleura) apiculata (Say in Conrad, 1834). In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2010) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-01-27
  2. ^ a b Gordon L. M. & Joester D. (2011). "Nanoscale chemical tomography of buried organic–inorganic interfaces in the chiton tooth". Nature 469: 194-197. doi:10.1038/nature09686.