Haliotis varia   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Max. size: 8.0 cm SHL (male), 20 to 40m mm in length.

Color: olive green or marbled with green shells.

Shell thick and broadly ovate, apex depressed or elevated. Outer surface coarse, with oblique rows of nodulose spiral cords. Perforations five or six in number, moderately broad, elevated and tubular.

Synonym (s)
Haliotis varia Linnaeus, 1758
(Senior synonym)
Haliotis concinna Reeve, 1846
(Junior synonym)
Haliotis semistriata Reeve, 1846
(Junior synonym)
Haliotis viridis Reeve, 1846
(Junior synonym)
Sanhaliotis varia (Linnaeus, 1758)
(Senior synonym)
Haliotis astricta 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
Sanhaliotis aliena Iredale, 1929

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, collected for food and shellcraft)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin (Lat: 8.75) (Long: 78.2) INDIA (Record: 12/1997-02/1999) (Depth: 1-3 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam (Lat: 9.26) (Long: 79.2) INDIA (Record: 12/1997-02/1999) (Depth: 1-3 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Kerala, Kollam Coast (Lat: 8.9) (Long: 76.63) INDIA (Record: 07/2008-09/2008) (Depth: 1-3 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Najmudeen, TM and Victor, ACC (2004) Reproductive biology of the tropical abalone Haliotis varia from Gulf of Mannar Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 46(2) 154-161 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • www.idscaro.net Available at - http://www.idscaro.net/sci/index.htm
  • Manilal, A; Sujith, S; Selvin, J; Kiran, GS; Shakir, C and Lipton, AP (2010) Antimicrobial potential of marine organisms collected from the southwest coast of India against multiresistant human and shrimp pathogens Scientia Marina CSIC 74(2) 287-296 Available at - http://dx.doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2010.74n2287
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune

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