Gumboot chiton, aka wandering meatloaf

This gumboot chiton is the largest example of a type of armored mollusk called a chiton. Gumboot chitons, affectionately called wandering meatloafs, are the largest chitons, growing to more than a foot long, but this one was about a third that long. It’s got a sort of skin called a girdle that covers its 8 dorsal plates, tinted red because of red algae it eats.

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