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Haliotis spp. - Linnaeus, 1758

Active grazers which require a good growth of algae in their tank. Roger Steene

[edit] Overview

Abalones are related to limpets and are good, active grazers, with a radula (scraping mouthpart) that functions as a whisk broom, sweeping the substrate for food. They are very effective at removing diatoms, small algae, and detritus. Shells are oval to elongate, shaped like an ear, with small breathing holes for exhaling water.

Family: Haliotididae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Maximum length: 20 cm (8 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 190 L (50 gal)

Lighting: Must be sufficient to support healthy algal growth.

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

These wholly herbivorous grazing animals need a tank with a good growth of various algae, diatoms.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Good reef aquarium animals. Harmless.

[edit] Special Care

Will not tolerate changes in salinity; abalones need full-strength saltwater. They acclimate very slowly to new water conditions—treat them accordingly.

[edit] Notes

The broad, flat foot adheres so strongly to the substrate that the shell will rip free of the body before it pulls free of the substrate. Some species are captive-bred.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: RCS
Text credit: RLS
Facts about AbalonesRDF feed
Common name Abalones  +
Family Haliotididae  +
Genus Haliotis  +
Image credit RCS  +
Lighting Must be sufficient to support healthy algal growth.  +
Maximum length 8 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 50 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name spp.  +
Text credit RLS  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +