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1 At the seashore, one of the shells you might find is that of a chiton. Chitons (pronounced "KIE-tons") have eight overlapping calcareous plates on their backs. These eight plates are chitons' shells. If threatened, they can roll themselves into balls, exposing only their armor, to deter hungry predators.
2 The flattened, oval appearance and means of self-defense of chitons are quite similar to those of woodlice (singular: woodlouse). Nevertheless, the two animals are not related. Chitons are marine mollusks. They are related to snails, clams, and octopuses. Woodlice are terrestrial (land-dwelling) crustaceans. Their close relatives include lobsters, shrimp, and crabs. A chiton does not have antennae and possesses only a large, muscular foot. A woodlouse has two antennae and seven pairs of feet!
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