Project Description

The lined chiton (Tonicella lineata) is very colourful with wavy lines on each of its eight separate shell plates.  These plates move well with one another providing good protection from above impacts, while still allowing flexibility when needed for movement over uneven rocky surfaces.  This chiton lives in the intertidal zone down to 100 feet of depth, and grows to about two inches (5 cm) in length.  Its range includes northern Japan, and the Aleutian Islands down to San Diego, California.