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Subspecies Haliotis ovina ovina Gmelin, 1791

Sheep Ear Shell

Compiler and date details

September 2014 - Des Beechey & Winston F. Ponder, Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

December 2012 - Des Beechey, Peter U. Middelfart, Winston F. Ponder & Stephanie Baccarella, Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Miscellaneous Literature Names



This nominate subspecies is separated to distinguish it from subspecies Haliotis ovina volcanius Patamakanthin & Eng, 2002, which is restricted to south-west Indonesia.




Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Western Pacific, from Malaysia to Fiji

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Central Eastern Transition (15), Kenn Transition (16), Northeast Province (18), Cape Province (20), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Southwest Shelf Transition (30), Southwest Shelf Province (31), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Ecological Descriptors

Continental shelf, marine, subtidal.

Extra Ecological Information

To 30 m, between dead coral heads


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
21-Dec-2012 HALIOTOIDEA 21-Dec-2012 MOVED Mr Des Beechey (AM) Stephanie Baccarella (AM) Dr Peter Middelfart (AM) Dr Winston Ponder (AM)
04-Sep-2014 12-Apr-2012 MODIFIED
05-Aug-2011 MODIFIED