Gumboot Chiton

Largest of Them All

Description

Large, elongated, flat mollusks with eight plates on its back
Up to 13" long and 5" wide
Largest chiton in the world
Habitat:

  • Low Intertidal Zone
  • Rocky, Soft bottom

"Clamming Up" To Change


  1. Dessication
  2. Salinity
  3. Oxygen

Special Adaptations

  • Rolls into a ball
  • 8 plates on its shell makes it harder for predators to get through
  • Secretes mucus that swells in contact with water to keep organisms from settling on it

Movement

  • Use muscular foot
  • Likes to cling to rocks
  • Moves very slow

Eating

Eats by using a radula, tongue like with many teeth

Diet:

  • Algae, sea lettuce, giant kelp


Predators:
  • Sea stars
  • Snails
  • Seagulls

Interesting Facts

  • Only feeds at night
  • Home to yellow polychaete worm; Cleans gills and feed on organic matter