Haliotis fulgens

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Haliotis fulgens
Haliotis fulgens fulgens 01.JPG
A shell of Haliotis fulgens
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Haliotoidea
Family: Haliotidae
Genus: Haliotis
Species: H. fulgens
Binomial name
Haliotis fulgens
Philippi, 1845
  • Haliotis planilirata Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis splendens Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis (Haliotis) fulgens Philippi, 1845
  • Haliotis (Haliotis) revea Bartsch, P., 1940 (nomen nudum)

Haliotis fulgens, commonly called the green abalone, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones.[1]


  • Haliotis fulgens fulgens Philippi, 1845
  • Haliotis fulgens guadalupensis Talmadge, 1964
  • Haliotis fulgens turveri Bartsch, 1942


The size of the shell varties between 75 mm and 255 mm. "The large, oval, quite convex shell is sculptured all over with equal rounded cords or lirae. Its coloration is reddish-brown. Generally five holes are open. The form is oval. The back of the shell is quite convex. It is solid, but thinner than Haliotis rufescens. The outer surface has a uniform dull reddish-brown color. It is sculptured with rounded spiral lirae, nearly equal in size. These number 30 to 40 on the upper surface. At the row of the holes there is an angle. The surface below it slopes almost perpendicularly to the columellar edge, and has about midway an obtuse keel. The spire does not project above the general curve of the back. The inner surface is dark, mostly blue and green with dark coppery stains, pinkish within the spire. The muscle impression is painted in a peculiar and brilliant pattern, like a peacock's tail. The columellar plate is wide, flat, and slopes inward. The cavity of the spire is small, almost concealed. The about five perforations are rather small, elevated and circular." [2]


H. fulgens is endemic to the waters off the coast of southern California.[3] The range of Haliotis fulgens includes southern California and most of the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico.


  1. ^ a b Haliotis fulgens Philippi, 1845.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 9 April 2010.
  2. ^ H.A. Pilsbry (1890) Manual of Conchology XII; Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, 1890
  3. ^ Oliver, A.P.H. (2004). Guide to Seashells of the World. Buffalo: Firefly Books. 21.
  • Turgeon, D.D., et al. 1998. Common and scientific names of aquatic invertebrates of the United States and Canada. American Fisheries Society Special Publication 26 page(s): 57
  • Geiger D.L. & Poppe G.T. (2000). A Conchological Iconography: The family Haliotidae. Conchbooks, Hackenheim Germany. 135pp 83pls. [details]
  • Geiger D.L. & Owen B. (2012) Abalone: Worldwide Haliotidae. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. viii + 361 pp

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