Tonicella insignis (Reeve, 1847)
Common name(s): White-lined chiton, Red chiton
|Synonyms: Tonicella submarmorea|
|Tonicella insignis--underwater photo|
|(Photo by: Aaron Baldwin)|
How to Distinguish from Similar Species: Tonicella lineata also has colorful lines on its plates but the lines are dark, often blue and pink, and edged with white. The girdle of T. lineata usually has whitish, yellow, or orange blotches.
Geographical Range: Alaska to Oregon
Depth Range: Mostly subtidal to 52 m.
Habitat: Hard substrates such as rocks
Biology/Natural History: This chiton is not common in most places, but is said to be abundant subtidally in Hood Canal. Sometimes a large number of small individuals is found on isolated articles such as bottles. Predators include clingfish.
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O'Clair and O'Clair, 1998
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abundances, unusual behaviors:
Tonicella insignis crawling on coralline algae. Photo by Kirt Onthank, August 2007