Haliotis roei

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Haliotis roei
Haliotis roei 001.jpg
Apical view of a shell of Haliotis roei
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Haliotoidea
Family: Haliotidae
Genus: Haliotis
Species: H. roei
Binomial name
Haliotis roei
Gray, 1826
  • Haliotis scabricostata Menke, 1843
  • Haliotis sulcosa Philippi, 1845

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


The size of the shell varies between 50 mm and 120 mm. "The shell has a short-oval shape. The distance of the apex from the nearest margin is somewhat over one-fifth the greatest length of the shell. The sculpture consists of strong unequal spiral cords crossed by radiating folds. The 7 to 9 perforations are rather small and a little raised The right side is straighter than the rounded left margin, and the back is depressed. The color of the shell is scarlet-red, more or less marbled with olive-green, painted with broad white rays. The spiral riblets are numerous, unequal, separated by deeply cut grooves. Their summits are cut by fine radiating striae. They are further rendered uneven by more or less developed folds radiating from the suture. The spire is rather elevated. The inner surface is silvery, very iridescent, with pink, green and steel-blue reflections. The columellar plate is narrow, obliquely truncated at its base." [2]


This marine species is endemic to Australia and occurs off Western Australia to Victoria.


  • Gray, J.E. 1826. Mollusca. pp. 474-496 in King, P.P. (ed.). Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia. Performed between the years 1818 and 1822; with Appendix B. London : John Murray Vol. 2 viii 637 pp., 9 pls
  • Menke, C.T. 1843. Molluscorum Novae Hollandiae Specimen in Libraria Aulica Hahniana. Hannoverae : Libraria Aulica Hahniana pp. 1-46
  • Philippi, R.A. 1845. Diagnoses testaceorum quorundam novorum. Zeitschrift für Malakozoologie 3: 147-152
  • Wells, F.E. & Keesing, J.K. 1989. Reproduction and feeding in the abalone Haliotis roei Gray. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 40: 187-197
  • Wilson, B. 1993. Australian Marine Shells. Prosobranch Gastropods. Kallaroo, Western Australia : Odyssey Publishing Vol. 1 408 pp
  • Shepherd, S.A., McShane, P.E. & Wells, F.E. 1997. Australian abalone. Molluscan Research 18(2): 119-326
  • Geiger, D.L. 2000 [1999]. Distribution and biogeography of the recent Haliotidae (Gastropoda: Vetigastropoda) world-wide. Bollettino Malacologico 35(5-12): 57-120
  • Geiger, D.L. & Poppe, G.T. 2000. A Conchological Iconography. The family Haliotidae. Germany : ConchBooks 135 pp
  • Degnan, S.D., Imron, Geiger, D.L. & Degnan, B.M. 2006. Evolution in temperate and tropical seas: disparate patterns in southern hemisphere abalone (Mollusca: Vetigastropoda: Haliotidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 41: 249-256

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