Circular Abalone

Haliotis cyclobates

Haliotis cyclobates - Circular Abalone
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Size: 8 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Rocky reef and coast

Depth: Lower intertidal to 10+ metres

Haliotis cyclobates is a large abalone, although it does not generally reach legal size (H. rubra and H. laevigata are the only species in SA that do). It is very similar to H. rubra, but is generally smoother, is a more globular shape, and has a higher-protruding spire. It is found in similar rocky environments, but not usually in the large aggregations of H. rubra.