Chitons (Mollusca, Polyplacophora) from Alacranes Reef, Yucatan, Mexico.
Reyes-Gómez, A. - Ortigosa, D. - Simões, N.
Chitons (Mollusca, Polyplacophora) from Alacranes Reef, Yucatan, Mexico. Zookeys, 665: 1-36. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.665.10476This study represents the first comprehensive chiton study from Alacranes Reef, the largest reef system in the Gulf of Mexico. Nine chiton species were found in seven localities within the area, in the intertidal and subtidal to 12 m depth.
SEM examination of C. janeirensis, A. hemphilli, T. schrammi and C. floridanus, showed variations in the sculpture and radular teeth morphology when compared to specimens of the same species from Florida Keys, Bahamas and Puerto Rico. The distribution ranges of T. schrammi, L. liozonis and S.floridana are extended into the south-western area of the Gulf of Mexico. Altogether, combining previous literature and the present survey, reports eleven chiton species which have now been recorded within the Alacranes reef area.