Haliotis virginea

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Haliotis virginea
Haliotis virginea shell.jpg
External view of a shell of Haliotis virginea
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Family: Haliotidae
Genus: Haliotis
Species: H. virginea
Binomial name
Haliotis virginea
Gmelin, 1791
  • Haliotis marmorata Linnaeus, 1758
  • Haliotis (Haliotis) gibba Philippi, R.A., 1846
  • Haliotis (Haliotis) marmorata Reeve, L.A., 1846 (junior homonym)
  • Haliotis (Haliotis) subvirginea Weinkauff, H.C., 1883
  • Haliotis virginea virginea Gmelin, 1791 · accepted, alternate representation
  • Haliotis (Paua) virginea Gmelin, 1791

Haliotis virginea, Virgin Paua, is a species of edible sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones.[1]

  • Haliotis virginea crispata Gould, 1847
  • Haliotis virginea huttoni Filhol, 1880
  • Haliotis virginea morioria Powell, 1938
  • Haliotis virginea stewartae Jones & Owen, 2004
External view of a shell
Internal view of a shell


The size of the shell varies between 30 mm and 75 mm.


This marine species is endemic to New Zealand.

Human use[edit]

Main article: Paua

Haliotis virginea and other two Haliotis species are known as "paua" in New Zealand and are used as food source.


  1. ^ Rosenberg, G. (2012). Haliotis virginea Gmelin, 1791. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=390555 on 2013-02-06

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