Haliotis queketti

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Haliotis queketti
Haliotis queketti 001.jpg
Apical view of a shell of Haliotis queketti
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Haliotoidea
Family: Haliotidae
Genus: Haliotis
Species: H. queketti
Binomial name
Haliotis queketti
E.A. Smith, 1910
Synonyms

Haliotis (Padollus) queketti E.A. Smith, 1910 (original combination)

Haliotis queketti, common name Quekett's abalone, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones.[1]

Description[edit]

The size of the shell varies between 25 mm and 45 mm.

(Original description by E.A. Smith) "The depressed shell has an ovate shape with the raised ridge parallel to the row of holes only slightly raised. The upper surface exhibits numerous spiral lirae, minutely squamose through the close elevated lines of growth. The four open holes are rather prominent. The space between the holes and the outer margin is concave or channeled. The color of the shell is brownish-white with radiating blood-red streaks, narrow at the suture and gradually widening outwards. The left outer ledge is crossed by oblique, alternating, dark olive and pale stripes. The interior surface is beautifully iridescent, ridged and grooved. The columellar plate is whitish pearly, flattened, edged externally with a thin red line." [2]

Distribution[edit]

This species occurs in the Indian Ocean off Mozambique, the southern coast of South Africa, and off Kenya.

References[edit]

  • Geiger D.L. & Owen B. (2012) Abalone: Worldwide Haliotidae. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. viii + 361 pp. [29 February 2012] page(s): 115

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