Paua, Black-footed Abalone, Marine, Endemic, Interior is brilliant irridescent colouration of blue and green. Exterior almost always encrusted with coralline algae. Animal is black with a dark grey 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)
McShane, P.E., Schiel, D.R., Mercer, S.F., Murray, T. 1994 Morphometric variation in Haliotis iris (Mollusca: Gastropoda): Analysis of 61 populations, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 28(4) (p.357)
Powell, A.W.B. 1979New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.36)
Poore, G.C.B. 1972 Ecology of New Zealand abalones, Haliotis species (Mollusca: Gastropoda), New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 6(3) (p.246)
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 approximation of the range of each species within New Zealand.
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