Haliotis rubra Leach, 1814
Distribution: southern half of Australia, from northern NSW to southwest W. Australia, Tasmania.
Size to 178mm. Intertidal to 40m deep, in crevices, caves, "vertical rock faces".
Specimens over 110mm can be commercially fished (South Australia).

Beached shell of a 105mm Blacklip Abalone. The species is large, with elevated holes.
Dorsal sculpture made of fine cords crossed by prosocline folds. Colour varies from brown to red.
Pattern of helicoidal flames, lighter coloured, with often patches of green at young stage.
3-5m deep, in hollows on edge of reef, Robe, South Australia. 128mm.
The species can hybridize with the Greenlip Abalone, Haliotis laevigata.
15-20m deep, on granite boulders, Eden, NSW. 146mm.
The cords often bear little scales.
Same spot, at 5-15m deep. 132-170mm.
Original pictures © R. Kershaw.

All pics © Olivier Caro