Haliotis stomatiaeformis

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Haliotis stomatiaeformis
Haliotis stomatiaeformis 001.jpg
Nacreous interior of Haliotis stomatiaeformis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Haliotoidea
Family: Haliotidae
Genus: Haliotis
Species: H. stomatiaeformis
Binomial name
Haliotis stomatiaeformis
Reeve, 1846

Haliotis neglecta Philippi, 1848

Haliotis stomatiaeformis is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones.[1]

Geiger designated this species as a synonym of Haliotis squamata Reeve, 1846, itself considered by WoRMS as the subspecies Haliotis diversicolor squamata Reeve, 1846 [2]


The size of the shell varies between 21 mm and 50 mm. "The small shell has an oval shape. The spire is subterminal. The shell is sculptured with clearly, deeply cut spiral cords and radiating folds, which on the body whorl project as little scales on the spiral lirae. The 3 to 5 subcircular holes are somewhat tubular. The right side is decidedly straighter than the left, the convexity being variable. The color of the shell is brown, variously marked with white and green. The spiral lirae are deeply cut and number 24-30 (counting along the lip edge) exclusive of 5 or 6 below the row of holes. They are crossed by numerous uneven radiating folds, those on the later part appearing as projecting lamellae across the riblets. The 5 or 6 unequal spiral cords between the row of holes and the columella are more or less beaded or scaly. The spire is small and not much elevated. Its distance from the nearest margin is one-fifth to one-seventh the total length of the shell. The interior surface is silvery and iridescent. The columellar plate is wide above, gradually narrowing and not at all truncate toward the base."

"The species has a very rough, sharply sculptured exterior, and .the spire-cavity is concealed by the wide columellar lip." [3]


This marine species occurs off Fiji and New Caledonia; in the Mediterranean Sea off Sicily, Lampedusa and Malta.


  1. ^ a b Haliotis stomatiaeformis Reeve, 1846.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 9 April 2010.
  2. ^ D.L. Geiger, Recent Genera and Species of the Family Haliotidae; The Nautilus 111(3) , 85 -116
  3. ^ H.A. Pilsbry (1890) Manual of Conchology XII; Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, 1890
  • Reeve, Conch. Icon., t. 17, f. 74, 1846
  • Geiger D.L. & Poppe G.T. (2000). A Conchological Iconography: The family Haliotidae. Conchbooks, Hackenheim Germany. 135pp 83pls.
Shell of Haliotis stomatiaeformis
  • Geiger D.L. & Owen B. (2012) Abalone: Worldwide Haliotidae. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. viii + 361 pp. page(s): 130

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