Haliotis laevigata

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Haliotis laevigata
View of a shell of Haliotis laevigata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Haliotoidea
Family: Haliotidae
Genus: Haliotis
Species: H. laevigata
Binomial name
Haliotis laevigata
Donovan, 1808
  • Haliotis albicans Quoy & Gaimard, 1834
  • Haliotis (Haliotis) excisa Gray, J.E., 1856
  • Haliotis glabra Swainson, 1822
  • Schismotis excisa Gray, 1856

Haliotis laevigata, common name the smooth Australian abalone or Greenlip abalone,[2] is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones.[1]


The shell measures 180 mm; the species features a distinctive green ring around the foot at the bottom of the shell.[3][4]


This marine species occurs off South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.[5]

In Tasmania, the species is generally found on the northern coast, in particular the area of Rocky Cape, and also in the Furneaux Islands. Unless scuba diving at a reasonable depth of in excess of 30 feet, it is doubtful that legally sized greenlip abalone will be found.


  • Geiger D.L. & Poppe G.T. (2000). A Conchological Iconography: The family Haliotidae. Conchbooks, Hackenheim Germany. 135pp 83pls.
  • Geiger D.L. & Owen B. (2012) Abalone: Worldwide Haliotidae. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. viii + 361 pp. [29 February 2012]

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