Monoplacophora are small, primitive mollusks that have a single, cap-like shell. They are found in deep-sea environments, typically at depths of over 1000 meters. They have a lifespan of up to 10 years and their current population is unknown. They have a distinct, cone-shaped shell with a flat base and a pointed apex. They have a single, muscular foot and a pair of tentacles. Monoplacophora are filter feeders, consuming small particles of organic matter from the water.
Name Origin: The name Monoplacophora is derived from the Greek words "monos" meaning "single" and "plakos" meaning "plate". This refers to the single, flat shell that characterizes this group of mollusks.
Related Species: Neopilina galatheae, Neopilina mollicula, Neopilina echinosquama, Neopilina valvata, Neopilina cumingi, Neopilina sp.