The dorsal surface of
and there are spicules
along the margin (photo).
body length is less than half the width. The lateral areas of plates
raised with pronounced tubercles,
but they do
hemispherical or nearly globular nodules. The central areas
2-7 have longitudinal rows of shallow pits (photo)
but the longitudinal ridges between the rows of pits are only faint.
Common name(s): Little lepidozona
12 mm long, captured at about 12-15 m depth near Rosario. The
to the right.
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles,
August 2007. Aaron Baldwin
helped with the identification)
How to Distinguish from
Several other Lepidozona
species have distinct longitudinal ridges between the pits on the
areas of the plates.
Southern Alaska to northern Mexico
< 15 m depth in California)
This species is not often seen.
Lamb and Hanby, 2005
General Notes and
abundances, unusual behaviors:
I have encountered this species occasionally clinging to
objects, especially from the 100 m depth trawls we do in the San Juan
It is almost always quite small--I have rarely seen it over about 1.5
This closeup of the mantle shows the scattered, oval scales on the
dorsal surface, and the spicules which are visible along the mantle
The central areas of the plates have more or less longitudinal rows
of shallow pits but the ridges between the pits are not
This is a view of plates 3 (on right) to 7.
An individual found in 2014
This closeup shows the elongated, overlapping scales on the girdle.
This underside view, taken of an individual crawling across glass,
shows the orange-red margins of the foot.
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