Gastropoda | Patellogastropoda
SAUP Database. 2006. (Ref. 356)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 25.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 356)
Benthic; depth range 0 - 10 m (Ref. 81186)
Climate / Range
Subtropical, preferred 25°C (Ref. 107945); 32°S - 35°S, 18°E - 30°E (Ref. 81186)
Southeast Atlantic: South Africa.
This species is one of 5 Haliotis species endemic to South Africa. It is the largest and most abundant of the abalone species in this country. Found on rocky reefs between the intertidal and subtidal zones up to a depth of 10 m (Ref. 81186). Broadcast spawner. No mating behavior. Spawning is initiated by the release of sperm cloud stimulating the females to release their eggs. Life cycle: Eggs hatch into trocophore larva moving actively in the water column and shortly after develops into veliger larvae, followed by substrate settlement and metamorphosis. Also Refs. 81186, 105512, 105513 (Ref. 105511). Peak spawning observed between April and June (Ref. 105514).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (15 of 100)