Temporal range: Oligocene–Recent[1]
Chaetopleura papilio
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Polyplacophora
Subclass: Neoloricata
Order: Chitonida
Suborder: Chitonina
Superfamily: Chitonoidea
Family: Chaetopleuridae
Genus: Chaetopleura
Shuttleworth, 1853[2]

Chaetopleura is a genus of chitons in the family Chaetopleuridae.[3] The species within this genus are marine molluscs.


The genus has been separated into two subgenera.[3]

subgenus Chaetopleura (Shuttleworth, 1853)

subgenus Pallochiton (Dall, 1879)


  1. van Belle, R. A. (1981). Catalogue of Fossil Chitons. ISBN 90 6279 018 6.
  2. Shuttleworth (1853). Mitt. naturf. Ges. Bern 1853: 190.
  3. 1 2 Schwabe, E.; Gofas, S. (2010). Chaetopleura Shuttleworth, 1853. In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2010) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-01-27
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