Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Mollusca > Class Polyplacophora > Subclass Neoloricata > Order Lepidopleurida > Suborder Lepidopleurina > Family Leptochitonidae > Genus Leptochiton

Leptochiton alveolus (M. Sars MS, Lovén, 1846)

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

LeptochitonGray, 1847accepted genus name
Lepidopleurus (Leptochiton) synonym
Leptochiton (Leptochiton) synonym

Species group names

Chiton alveolus M. Sars MS, Lovén, 1846 basionym
Chiton alveolus M. Sars MS, Lovén, 1846 synonym
Lepidopleurus farallonis Dall, 1902 synonym
Lepidopleurus giganteus Nierstrasz, 1905 synonym
Lepidopleurus halistreptus Dall, 1902 synonym
Lepidopleurus halistreptus abbreviatus Dall, 1908 synonym
Lepidopleurus japonicus aequivalvus Bergenhayn, 1933 synonym
Lepidopleurus luridus Dall, 1902 synonym
Lepidopleurus mesogonus Dall, 1902 synonym
Lepidopleurus opacus Dall, 1908 synonym
Lepidopleurus similis Smith E.A., 1894 synonym
Lepidopleurus simplex Nierstrasz, 1905 synonym
Leptochiton benthus Haddon, 1886 synonym
Parachiton opiparus Iredale & Hull, 1925 synonym


basis of record

Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180-213

additional source

Dyntaxa (2013) Swedish Taxonomic Database. Accessed at www.dyntaxa.se [15-01-2013].

additional source

Brunel, P., Bosse, L. & Lamarche, G. (1998). Catalogue of the marine invertebrates of the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence. Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 126. 405 p.

additional source

ITIS database

additional source

Kaas, P.; Van Belle, R.A. (1980). Catalogue of living chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora). Backhuys: Rotterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN 90-6279-013-5. 144 pp.





External Links

USNM Invertebrate Zoology Mollusca Collection
Biodiversity Heritage Library (21 publications)


Schwabe, E.; Gofas, S. (2014). Leptochiton alveolus (M. Sars MS, Lovén, 1846). In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:140197




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EU Habitat Directive:
annex II EU Habitat Directive Annex II: Species of community interest whose conservation requires the designation of special areas of conservation.
Red List status LC 2008This species is least concern and is widespread and abundant according to the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

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