Haliotis varia

Haliotis varia
Five views of a shell of Haliotis varia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Haliotoidea
Family: Haliotidae
Genus: Haliotis
Species: H. varia
Binomial name
Haliotis varia
Linnaeus, 1758[1]
  • Haliotis astricta Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis concinna Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis dohrniana Dunker, 1863
  • Haliotis dringii Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis gemma Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis granulata Röding, 1798
  • Haliotis papulata Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis pustulifera Pilsbry, 1890
  • Haliotis semistriata Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis scutulum Reeve, 1846
  • Haliotis viridis Reeve, 1846
  • Sanhaliotis aliena Iredale, 1929
Shell of Haliotis varia

Haliotis varia, common name the variable abalone or the common ear shell, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones.[2][3][4]


The size of the shell varies between 22 mm and 70 mm. It is shiny and the colour varies from something like mother of pearl to pink to red to gray to blue.


This marine species occurs in the Red Sea and in the Indo-West Pacific, off Tanzania, Mauritius and in the Mascarene Basin. It further occurs in the Western Pacific, from Sri Lanka to Tonga and off Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia)

Records from East Africa and India are questionable according to Geiger & Poppe, 2000


  1. Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp.. World Register of Marine Species, Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  2. 1 2 Bouchet, P. (2012). Haliotis varia Linnaeus, 1758. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=207654 on 2013-02-02
  3. Geiger D.L. & Poppe G.T. (2000). A Conchological Iconography: The family Haliotidae. Conchbooks, Hackenheim Germany. 135pp 83pls.
  4. Geiger D.L. & Owen B. (2012) Abalone: Worldwide Haliotidae. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. viii + 361 pp. (29 February 2012)
External identifiers for Haliotis varia
Encyclopedia of Life 3048992
NCBI 37750
WoRMS 207654
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