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Haliotis ovina (Gmelin, 1791)

Sheep's Ear Abalone
Oval Abalone

Tim Vance (2013)



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References & Links

Angell, A.R., Pirozzi, I., de Nys, R. and Paul, N.A. (2012) Feeding preferences and the nutritional value of tropical algae for the abalone Haliotis asininaPLoS One, 7(6): e38857.

Cornwall, C.E., Phillips, N.E. and McNaught, D.C. (2009) Feeding preferences of the abalone Haliotis iris in relation to macroalgal species, attachment, accessibility and water movement. Journal of Shellfish Research, 28(3): 589-597.

Cusack, M., Guo, D., Chung, P. and Kamenos, N.A. (2013) Biomineral repair of abalone shell apertures. Journal of Structural Biology, 183: 165-171.

Degnan, S.M., Imron, Geiger, D.L. and Degnan, B.M. (2006) Evolution in temperate and tropical seas: Disparate patterns in southern hemisphere abalone (Mollusca: Vetigastropoda: Haliotidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 41(1): 249-256.

Garcia-Esquivel, Z., Montes-Magallon, S. and Gonzalez-Gomez, M.A. (2006) Effect of temperature and photoperiod on the growth, feed consumption, and biochemical content of juvenile green abalone, Haliotis fulgens, fed on a balanced diet. Aquaculture, 262: 129-141.

Geiger, D.L. (1998) Recent genera and species of the family Haliotidae Rafinesque, 1815 (Gastropoda: Vetigastropoda). Nautilus, 113: 73-77.

Geiger, D.L. and Groves, L.T. (1999) Review of fossil abalone (Gastropoda: Vetigastropoda: Haliotidae) with comparison to recent species. Journal of Paleontology, 73(5): 872-885.

Geiger, D.L. and Poppe, G.T. (2000) A Conchological Iconography. ConchBooks, Hackenheim, Germany: pp 7-38, 68-69.

Harasewych, M.G., Adamkewicz, J.A., Blake, J.A., Saudek, D., Spriggs, T. and Bult, C.J. (1997) Phylogeny and relationships of pleurotomariid gastropods (Mollusca: Gastropoda) and assessment based on partial 18S rDNA and cytochrome c oxidase I sequences. Molecular Marine Biology and Biotechnology, 6: 1-20.

Hoskin, M. (2011) Haliotis asinina Linne 1758 Ass's Ear Abalone

Jarayabhand, P. and Paphavasit, N. (1996) A review of the culture of tropical abalone with special reference to Thailand. Aquaculture, 140: 159-168.

Tahil, A.S. and Juinio-Menez, M.A. (1999) Natural diet, feeding periodicity and functional response to food density of the abalone, Haliotis asinina L., (Gastropoda).  Aquaculture Research,  30: 95-107.

Mach, M.E. and Bourdeay, P.E. (2011) To flee or not to flee? Risk assessment by a marine snail in multiple cue environments. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 409: 166-171.

Morse, D.E. and Fenteany, G. (1993) Specific inhibitors of protein synthesis do not block RNA synthesis or settlement in larvae of a marine gastropod mollusk (Haliotis rufescens). The Biological Bulletin, 184: 6-14.

PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture (2012) Management plan for the South Australian commercial abalone fishery. Primary Industries and Regions South Australia, Government of South Australia.

Ruppert, E.E., Fox, R.S. and Barnes, R.D. (2004) Invertebrate Zoology. Brooks/Cole, Belmont, USA: 300-343.

Shepherd, S.A. and Brown, L.D. (1993) What is an abalone stock: Implications for the role of refugia in conservation. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 50(9): 2001-2009.

van den Biggelaar, J.A.M. (1996) The significance of the early cleavage pattern for the reconstruction of gastropod phylogeny. In: Taylor, J. (ed.), Origin and Evolutionary Radiation of the Mollusca. Oxford University Press, Oxford: pp. 155-160.

Viana, M.T., Jarayabhand, P. and Menasveta, P. (2000) Evaluation of an artificial diet for the use in the culture of the tropical abalone Haliotis ovina. Journal of Aquaculture in the Tropics, 15(1): 71-79.

York, P.S., Cummins, S.F., Degnan, S.M., Woodcroft, B.J. and Degnan, B.M. (2012) Marked changes in neuropeptide expression accompany broadcast spawnings in the gastropod Haliotis asinina. Frontiers in Zoology, 9(9): 1-16.

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