Girish Mahajan

Haliotis speciosa

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Gastropoda
Superfamily  Haliotoidea
Rank  Species
Phylum  Mollusca
Clade  Vetigastropoda
Family  Haliotidae
Similar  Haliotis pourtalesii, Haliotis jacnensis, Haliotis rugosa

Haliotis speciosa is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones.

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Haliotis speciosa has also been considered to be a synonym of Haliotis alfredensis Bartsch, 1915 and vice versa.

Description

The size of the shell varies between 50 mm and 80 mm. "The oblong-ovate shell is flatly convex, depressed in the middle, spirally elevately striated. The striae are close-set. The six perforations are open. Its color pattern is scarlet red, beautifully variegated with black-edged white. This is a very pretty species, the color being a rich scarlet red, variegated with broad zigzag flames, edged along the front with black."

Distribution

This marine species occurs from the East Cape to Northern Transkei, South Afrika.

References

Haliotis speciosa Wikipedia


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