Haliotis rubiginosa

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Haliotis rubiginosa
Haliotis rubiginosa 001.jpg
Drawing of a shell of Haliotis rubiginosa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Haliotoidea
Family: Haliotidae
Genus: Haliotis
Species: H. rubiginosa
Binomial name
Haliotis rubiginosa
Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis howensis (Iredale, 1929)
  • Sanhaliotis howensis Iredale, 1929

Haliotis rubiginosa, common name the Lord Howe abalone, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones.[1]

This species was previously stated as a synonym, subspecies or form of Haliotis varia Linnaeus, 1758 [2]


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." [3]


This marine species occurs off Tonga and off Australia (Queensland, Lord Howe Island)


  1. ^ a b Haliotis rubiginosa Reeve, 1846.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 9 April 2010.
  2. ^ Kaicher, 1981, Card Catalogue of Word Shells, Pack 28, Haliotis, Kaicher, St. Petersburg, Florida
  3. ^ 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 [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
  • Geiger, D.L. & Owen, B. 2012. Abalone: Worldwide Haliotidae. Hackenheim, Germany : ConchBooks 361 pp.

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