Aquatic Haliotis laevigata (Greenlip Abalone)

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Scientific Name: Haliotis laevigata

Common Name Greenlip Abalone

Other Names: NA

Distribution: Australian south coast and Tasmanian North coast

Habitat: Rock faces and sea grass beds along coastal and offshore waters.

Field Notes: A flat, rounded and often rough shellfish can grow up to 22cm in diameter. The shell is dull red with olive patterning and often is covered with barnacles or other sea vegetation which can further break up the coloration of the shell. The underside of the shell is covered in mother of peal with a row of holes.

The abalone attaches to rock faces by a strong muscle underneath the shell where it feeds on sea weed during the night hours. On the green lip abalone this muscle has a prominent green lip which covers the circumference of the muscle.

Uses: A very tasty shellfish but has unfortunately become over fished and therefore increasingly hard to find. It can be found by diving and removed from the rocks with 'hooker' gear. Please respect bag limits.

The abalone should be killed immediately after removal from the water with a strong blow from a mallet less the meat become hard and tough. It is delicious, tenderized and fried but can be cooked on coals, steamed or boiled.


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