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Chiton magnificus

16, 15 extant, see text.

Chitonidae is a family of chitons or polyplacophorans, marine mollusks whose shell is composed of eight articulating plates or valves. There are fifteen extant genera in three subfamilies.

Subfamilies and genera

Subfamilies and genera within the family Chitonidae include:

    • Subfamily Chitoninae Rafinesque, 1815
    • Subfamily Toniciinae Pilsbry, 1893
    • Subfamily Acanthopleurinae Dall, 1889
      • Acanthopleura Guilding, 1829
      • Liolophura Pilsbry, 1893
      • Enoplochiton Gray, 1847
      • Squamopleura Nierstrasz, 1905


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