Acanthochitona zelandica is a species of chiton in the family Acanthochitonidae.
This species is endemic
to New Zealand
including the Auckland Islands
This chiton is found under stones in rock pools.
The shell is small, narrow, elongated, with the girdle
bearing conspicuous tufts of long stiff bristles at the sutural
pores. The valves
with rounded flat-topped pustules, over the combined pleural and lateral areas. The dorsal
area is wedge-shaped and longitudinally grooved.
Length is up to 31 mm, and width up to 20 mm.