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Cryptochiton stelleri (Giant Pacific Chiton)

Synonyms: Chiton stelleri

Wikipedia Abstract

The gumboot chiton (Cryptochiton stelleri) also known as the giant western firey chiton, is the largest of the chitons, growing to 36 cm (14 in) and over 2 kg (4.4 lb). It is found along the shores of the northern Pacific Ocean from Central California to Alaska, across the Aleutian Islands to the Kamchatka Peninsula and south to Japan. It inhabits the lower intertidal and subtidal zones of rocky coastlines.
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Water Biome [1]  Coastal

Prey / Diet

Fusitriton oregonensis (Oregon triton)[2]


Corvus corax (Northern Raven)[2]
Enhydra lutris (Sea Otter)[2]
Fusitriton oregonensis (Oregon triton)[2]
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)[2]
Hexagrammos lagocephalus (Rock greenling)[2]
Homo sapiens (man)[2]
Larus glaucescens (Glaucous-winged Gull)[3]
Oligocottus maculosus (Tidepool sculpin)[2]
Pagurus samuelis (blueband hermit)[2]
Pycnopodia helianthoides (Sunflower sea star)[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Aquarium du Quebec
Florida Aquarium
John Ball Zoological Garden
John G. Shedd Aquarium
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inc
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Oregon Zoo
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Ctr


Northeast Pacific;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Wootton, J. Timothy. "Estimates and tests of per capita interaction strength: diet, abundance, and impact of intertidally foraging birds." Ecological Monographs 67.1 (1997): 45+. Academic OneFile. Web. 23 July 2010
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