Species Images
Found at and below low spring tide under rocks. 52mm
Key to Geographical Ranges
The symbols K.A.C.F.M.An. are used to indicate the geographical range of the species. They have been adopted to give an approxomation of the range of each species within New Zealand.
Kermadec Islands
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
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L =
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Haliotis (Paua) virginea Gmelin, 1791

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Vetigastropoda (Subclass) > Lepetelllida (Order) > Haliotoidea (Superfamily) > Haliotidae (Family) > Haliotis (Genus) > Paua (Subgenus)
Size/Grows to:Length 73mm, Width 45mm
Distribution:Southern part of North Island, South and Stewart Island
Geographical Range:[ACF]
Endemic. Exterior light reddish brown with greenish stripes. Interior irridescent predominantly red or green. Sculpture of narrow, weakly-developed spiral ribs, poorly developed lamellae. Animal is pale with a white foot
References and Publications:
  • Eagle, M.K. Dec/2010: Aspects of Abalone Aquaculture and Polyculture, Poirieria, 35 (p.11)
  • Eagle, M.K. 2002: Review of fossil Haliotidae (Gastropoda) from New Zealand with description of a new early Miocene species., Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 39 (p.35)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.37)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.

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