|Drawing of a shell of Haliotis rubiginosa|
The size of the shell varies between 30 mm and 50 mm. "The ovate shell is rather convex, radiately plicately wrinkled and spirally ridged. The ridges are obtusely scaled. The six open perforations are rather approximated. The exterior surface is rusty orange, spirally streaked with white. Besides the peculiarity of its sculpture, it is very fairly characterized by its rusty orange painting and silvery interior." 
- Haliotis rubiginosa Reeve, 1846. Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 9 April 2010.
- Kaicher, 1981, Card Catalogue of Word Shells, Pack 28, Haliotis, Kaicher, St. Petersburg, Florida
- H.A. Pilsbry (1890) Manual of Conchology XII; Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, 1890
- 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
- Iredale, T. 1929. Queensland molluscan notes, No. 1. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 9(3): 261-297, pls 30-31
- Geiger, D.L. 2000 . 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
- Geiger, D.L. & Owen, B. 2012. Abalone: Worldwide Haliotidae. Hackenheim, Germany : ConchBooks 361 pp.