Like all other abalone, Haliotis asinina is a member of a large molluscan class, the Gastropoda which are characterized by having single-piece. The abalone, Haliotis asinina, is a large, highly active tropical abalone that feeds at night on shallow coral reefs where oxygen levels of the water may be low. Feeding, growth and survival of hatchery-bred juvenile abalone, Haliotis asinina ( mean initial shell lengths: 32 mm) stocked at 25, 50 and m-2 of shelter.

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The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific Volume 1.

In this way the larval shell protoconch is formed. This shell ualiotis may enhance the juvenile’s ability to camouflage on the heterogeneous background of the CCA they inhabit at this stage of development. These large animals are nocturnal. While the initial teloconch is not pigmented, it is textured and opaque such that postlarval shell growth is easily discerned from the larval shell.

A stocking density between m -2 is recommended for tank grow-out of H. View of shells showing internal and external details. Haliotis asinina Temporal range: Title Shell Caption Dorsal view of Haliotis asinina shell.

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The growth rate of Haliotis asinina is the fastest of all the abalones. These structures allow the veliger larva to completely retract into a protective environment and rapidly fall out of the water column.: This chapter presents methods and equipment that are useful not only for feed millers, but also for extension workers and fish farmers.

Haliotus items Showing items related asinona title, author, creator and subject. This chapter discusses how to evaluate feedstuffs and feeds.

The next phase of biomineralisation does not asinjna until the competent veliger larva contacts an environmental cue that induces metamorphosis. Blue and orange dots however persist on the ridges. Animals were fed the seaweed, Gracilariopsis bailinaeto excess given at weekly intervals.

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Title Culture cages Caption Culture of Haliotis asinina in cages. Haliotis asininacommon name the ass’s-ear abaloneis a fairly large species of sea snaila tropical gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidaethe abalonesalso known as ormers or paua.

Drawing shows that mantle in gray covers the majority of the dorsal surface of the animal. Some features of this site may not work without it.

With further growth, the ridge-valley structure fades to give rise to a smooth ainina shell, with irregular brown-green triangles on a light brown background. The white arrow asinija the metamorphosis from the larval shell protoconch to juvenile shell. A living specimen of Haliotis asinina. Seaweeds, corals, bivalves and gastropods.

Metadata Show full item record. Taxonomic Tree Top of page Domain: SEM image of initial postlarval shell at metamorphosis. They all have pores along the outer edge of the shell which are distinguishing features.

Generate a print friendly version containing only the sections you need. It is commonly found in the intertidal zone and upper subtidal zone throughout its range Tahil and Juinio-Menez The color may variate between green olive or brown externally, with distinct roughly triangular patches.

This pattern is gradually lost with growth, as the shell becomes thicker and zsinina elongate. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. In larger shells, a ventral cap of CaCO 3 that underlies the tablets of aragonitic nacre continues to thicken. Colourmetrically, the uniform maroon background is now interrupted by oscillations of a pale cream colour, and is punctuated by a pattern of dots that ahliotis occur on ridges which are blue when overlying a maroon field and orange when overlying a cream naliotis.

Haliotis asinina (donkey ear abalone)

The protoconch remains developmentally inert until the animal contacts a specific cue that initiates the process of metamorphosis. Structurally, a pronounced series of ridges and valleys and a line of respiratory pores tremata have appeared. Farms cultivating the tropical abalone have been established in many tropical and sub-tropical locations.


This abalone dwells in shallow water coral reef areas of the asibina and sublittoral zones, commonly reaching a depth around 10 m. Haliotis asinina – Asses Ear haliotix is the largest of the tropical abalone and is widely distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific Region McNarnara and Johnson Collections Journal Articles [].

Like all other abalone, Haliotis asinina is a member of a large molluscan class, the Gastropoda which are characterized by having single-piece shells. Adult shell of Haliotis asinina. Both the common name and the scientific name are based on the shape of the shell, which is long, narrow and curved, resembling the shape of a donkey’s ear.

Some people claim that it is much tastier than coldwater species, and is the favorite species in Asia. Author Fermin, Armando C.

WoRMS – World Register of Marine Species – Haliotis asinina Linnaeus,

The postlarval shell teleoconch is laid down rapidly following metamorphosis with marked variation in the rate of its production between individuals. Furthermore, it is at this stage of development that the first recognisable tablets of nacre can be detected. Biomineralisation begins shortly after hatching, with the fabrication of the larval shell protoconch over about a hour period. Haliotis Gastropods described in Sexual maturity is reached within 12 months Lucas et al A muscular foot protrudes from under the shell and this generally has strong suction power, permitting the abalone to clamp tightly to rocky substrata.

Haliotis asinum Donovan As is the case in many other abalones, the interior surface of the shell is strongly iridescentwith shades of pink and green.

Sexual maturation during culture did not hamper growth of abalone. The adductor muscle is a delicacy in parts of the world which has led to it being extensively harvested from the wild.