Mystery Macro Marine Critter

Data: Hello, I wanted to send you this picture of this specimen I've found, as I'm not sure if it's a Chiton or not.
I'm not a doctor or scientist, but being that I found this "odd" and don't know what it is, I'm wondering if you can help.

I'm pointing to the underside of this with a needle. This specimen is approx. 1/8 - 1/4 inch in total length.
Thank you,

Hello again, I've turned the specimen on it's side. It appears to have cilia only on the one side of it.

This is the same specimen again, but I've laid "table salt granules" next to the specimen for a scale of it's size.
PS...does this look like a Chiton to you? Thank you for any help you might be able to shed on this 'mystery' of what this thing is

Hello, this is the same specimen after it's been in a vial with rubbing alcohol for a week.
Please disregard my "drawing on the picture" as I have no clue. I was only "assuming" but I am only a housewife without education in this area.

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specimen underside 60X mag
- white ball like underneath side

specimen 60X next to table salt granules

specimen showing side with cilia

specimen showing underside and cilia on one side




  • I am almost positive that this is not a chiton. It lacks the 8 plated shell and it has cilia. A possibility would be a flat worm? ...Avril B.

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