Haliotis pourtalesii

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Haliotis pourtalesii
Haliotis pourtalesii 000H.jpg
A shell of Haliotis pourtalesii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Haliotoidea
Family: Haliotidae
Genus: Haliotis
Subgenus: Padollus
Species: H. pourtalesii
Binomial name
Haliotis pourtalesii
Dall, 1881[1]

Haliotis pourtalesii, common name Pourtale’s abalone,[2] is a rare species of deepwater sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones.[3][4]


Distribution of Haliotis pourtalesii in the Atlantic Ocean

The known distribution for Haliotis pourtalesii reported in the literature puts it in a range that extends from the coast of North Carolina to Florida in the United States of America[5][6][7] and from there through the Gulf of Mexico,[8][9] to Cuba,[10][11] the Caribbean coasts of Colombia,[12] Venezuela[13][14] and Suriname[15]), the West Indies[16] and to the shores of Brazil.[17][18][19] It has been collected in a bathymetric range between 25 and 230 meters depth, usually on hard substrates.[20]


The shell is relatively small, varying from 18 mm to a maximum length of 30 mm. There are 22 to 27 to wavy, spiral cords on the outer surface which is colored a waxy yellow to light-brown, with a few irregular patches of reddish orange. A light-orange band runs from each hole to the edge of the shell. The inside is pearly–white.[21] Sometimes young specimens of abalones from other oceans are offered for sale as this species.



  1. ^ Dall W. H. (1881). "Reports on the results of dredging, under the supervision of Alexander Agassiz, in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Caribbean Sea, 1877-79, by the United States Coast Survey Steamer 'Blake'". Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 9: 33-144.
  2. ^ Wikipedia es: Haliotis pourtalesii. http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haliotis_pourtalesii
  3. ^ Rosenberg, G. (2010). Haliotis pourtalesii Dall, 1881. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=419376 on 2011-09-06
  4. ^ Dall, W. H. 1889: “Preliminary report on the collection of Mollusca and Brachiopoda obtained in 1887-88. VII. Scientific results of exploration by the U. S. Fisheries Commission Steamer Albatros”. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 12: 219-362.
  5. ^ Bartsch, P. 1940. “The west American Haliotis”. Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 89:49-57.
  6. ^ Bartsch. P. 2000: “An ecological cross-section of the lower part of Florida based largely upon its molluscan fauna”. National Research Council. Division of Geology and Geography. Washington, D.C.
  7. ^ Guice, C. J. 1968: “Haliotis pourtalesii Dall, 1881 from Florida waters”. The Veliger. 11(2):140-141.
  8. ^ González, N. E. 1998: “Moluscos de la expedición del R/V Edwin Link en las costas del Caribe mexicano”. Revista de Biología Tropical. 46(3):62-631.
  9. ^ Harry, H. W. 1966: “Haliotis pourtalesii Dall, 1881, from Yucatan”. The Veliger. 8(4):2007-208.
  10. ^ Aguayo, C. G., & M. L. Jaume. 1947. “Gastropoda-Haliotidae”. Catálogo Molluscos de Cuba. 140:1.
  11. ^ Sarasua, H. 1968: “Primer hallazgo del género Haliotis (Mollusca: Gastropoda) en aguas cubanas”. Poeyana. Ser. A. 55:1-8.
  12. ^ Worms: Haliotis pourtalesii Dall, 1881 AphiaID: 419376 2011, http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=419376
  13. ^ Martínez E, R. y Ruiz B, L. 1994: “Nota acerca de la presencia del gastropodo Haliotis (Padollus) pourtalesii Dall, 1881 (Archeogastropoda, Pleurotomariacea) en aguas del Caribe venezolano”. Acta Biológica Venezuelica. 15(1):63-64.
  14. ^ Bitter, R. S. Y Martínez E, R. 2004: “Inventario de los moluscos marinasen las costas del estado Falcon, Venezuela”. Acta Biológica Venezuelica. 21(1):21-41.
  15. ^ Nijssen-Meyer, J. 1969: “On the occurrence of Haliotis pourtalesii Dall, 1881, off Surinam (South America)”. Zoologische Mededelingen. 43(16):203-206.
  16. ^ Jung, P. 1968. “Fossil Pleurotomaria and Haliotis from Barbados and Carriacou, West India”. Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae. 61:593-605.
  17. ^ Foster, R. W. 1946: “The family Haliotidae in the Western Atlantic”. Johnsonia. 2(21):36-40.
  18. ^ Klappenbach, M. A. 1968: “Notas malacológicas I. Haliotis pourtalesii Dall 1881 en la costa brasileña de San Pablo”. Comunicaciones Zoológicas del Museo de Historia Nacional de Montevideo. IV(122):7.
  19. ^ Rios, E. C. 1985: “Seashells of Brasil”. Fundaçao Cidade Do Rio Grande. e Fundaçao Universidade do Rio Grande. Museu Oceanografico.
  20. ^ Titgen, R. H., & Bright, T. J. 1985: “Notes on the distribution and ecology on the Western Atlantic abalone, Haliotis pourtalesii Dall, 1881 (Mollusca: Gastropoda)”. Northwest Gulf Sciences, 7:147-152.
  21. ^ Abbott, R Tucker. 1954. American Seashells. D. Van Nostrand Company Inc. xiv + 541 p. N.York.


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