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The Acanthochitonidae is a large family of chitons found worldwide in tropical to polar seas. The majority of members of this family are poorly known, in part because few specimens are available for study, and the taxonomy of the group is in need of revision.

The family is characterised by insertion plates, usually with slits, on all valves, insertion plate teeth never pectinate; tegmentum often reduced, rarely absent; extra-pigmentary aesthetes absent, girdle spiculose, usually with sutural tufts.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
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12-Feb-2010 (import)