Haliotis squamosa

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Haliotis squamosa
Haliotis squamosa 001.jpg
View of a shell of Haliotis squamosa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Haliotoidea
Family: Haliotidae
Genus: Haliotis
Species: H. squamosa
Binomial name
Haliotis squamosa
Gray, 1826
Synonyms[1]
  • Haliotis crebrisculpta G.B. Sowerby III, 1914
  • Haliotis roedingi Menke, 1844

Haliotis squamosa, common name the squamose 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 40 mm and 90 mm. "The shell has an oblong-ovate shape, transversely obliquely wrinkled and spirally tubularly ribbed. The tubercles are scale-like. The ribs are sometimes close, sometimes with a fine ridge running between them. The seven, open perforations are rather large. The exterior is spotted and variegated with yellow and orange-brown. The interior surface is whitish and iridescent.

This is an extremely interesting species, well characterized by its close ribs of scale-like tubercles, ranging across the shell in oblique waves. In the middle portion of the shell there is a fine ridge running between the ribs. The color is also peculiar, a kind of burnt-umberstained orange." [2]

Distribution[edit]

This species occurs in the Indian Ocean off southern Madagascar. Gray erroneously described the species to occur off Australia.

References[edit]

  • Gray, Appendix to King's Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia ii, p. 494, 1826.
  • Geiger D.L. & Owen B. (2012) Abalone: Worldwide Haliotidae. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. viii + 361 pp. [29 February 2012] page(s): 129

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