|Cryptoconchus porosus from Auckland, New Zealand|
Cryptoconchus porosus is a large chiton reaching a length of about 45–75 millimetres (1.8–3.0 in). The eight valves are almost completely covered by a raised girdle, young specimens may have only seven. These are pale blue or white on top, sometimes sky blue underneath, and when removed from the animal they each resemble a butterfly giving the common name. The girdle is fleshy and smooth with short sutural bristles that protrude from 18 rounded pores, which are elevated and run in two crested rows from head to tail. The colour of the dorsal surface can range from dark brown to bright orange, while the underside of the girdle is pale orange with a bright orange foot.
Distribution and habitat
Cryptoconchus porosus is native to New Zealand, and present in Madagascar. These common grazers prefer outer exposed rocks washed by waves, in the low intertidal and shallow subtidal zone, or in deeper water down to 30m, often in association with sponges.
- Powell A W B, New Zealand Mollusca, William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1
- URMO: UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms. Land J. van der (ed)
- ВI Bbewin - 1939 The Breeding Habits of Cryptoconchus porosus (Burrow)
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