Haliotis varia

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Haliotis varia
Haliotis varia 01.JPG
Five views of a shell of Haliotis varia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Haliotoidea
Family: Haliotidae
Genus: Haliotis
H. varia
Binomial name
Haliotis varia
  • Haliotis astricta Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis concinna Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis dohrniana Dunker, 1863
  • Haliotis dringii Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis gemma Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis granulata Röding, 1798
  • Haliotis papulata Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis pustulifera Pilsbry, 1890
  • Haliotis semistriata Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis scutulum Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis viridis Reeve, 1846
  • Sanhaliotis aliena Iredale, 1929
Shell of Haliotis varia

Haliotis varia, common name the variable abalone or the common ear shell, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones.[2][3][4]


The size of the shell varies between 22 mm and 70 mm. It is shiny and the colour varies from something like mother of pearl to pink to red to gray to blue.


This marine species occurs in the Red Sea and in the Indo-West Pacific, off Tanzania, Mauritius and in the Mascarene Basin. It further occurs in the Western Pacific, from Sri Lanka to Tonga and off Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia)

Records from East Africa and India are questionable according to Geiger & Poppe, 2000


  1. ^ Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp.. World Register of Marine Species, Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  2. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Haliotis varia Linnaeus, 1758. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=207654 on 2013-02-02
  3. ^ Geiger D.L. & Poppe G.T. (2000). A Conchological Iconography: The family Haliotidae. Conchbooks, Hackenheim Germany. 135pp 83pls.
  4. ^ Geiger D.L. & Owen B. (2012) Abalone: Worldwide Haliotidae. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. viii + 361 pp. (29 February 2012)
  • Röding, P.F. 1798. Museum Boltenianum sive Catalogus cimeliorum e tribus regnis naturae quae olim collegerat Joa. Hamburg : Trappii 199 pp.
  • Reeve, L.A. 1846. Descriptions of forty species of Haliotis, from the collection of H. Cumming, Esq. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 14: 53-59
  • Dunker, W. 1863. Novitates Conchologicae. Mollusca Marina. Beschreibung und Abbildung neuer oder wenig gekannter Meeres-Conchylien. Cassel : T. Fischer pp. 43–58, pls 13-18.
  • Pilsbry, H.A. 1890. Manual of Conchology. Philadelphia : Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia Vol. 12 323 pp., 65 pls.
  • Iredale, T. 1929. Queensland molluscan notes, No. 1. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 9(3): 261-297, pls 30-31
  • Wilson, B. 1993. Australian Marine Shells. Prosobranch Gastropods. Kallaroo, Western Australia : Odyssey Publishing Vol. 1 408 pp.
  • Hylleberg, J & Kilburn, R.N. 2003. Marine Molluscs of Vietnam: Annotaions, voucher material , and species in need of verification. Phuket Marine Biological Center Special Publication 28: 1-299

External links[edit]

  • To Barcode of Life (1 barcode)
  • To Biodiversity Heritage Library (55 publications)
  • To Encyclopedia of Life
  • To GenBank (22 nucleotides; 15 proteins)
  • To World Register of Marine Species
  • "Haliotis (Haliotis) varia". Gastropods.com. Retrieved 16 January 2019.