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ABALONE SHELLS

ABALONE SHELLS
Abalone belong to the phylum Mollusca, a group which includes clams, scallops, sea slugs, octopuses, and squids. Abalone are in the class Gastropoda. Members of this class have one shell. They belong to the genus Haliotis, which means "sea ear", referring to the flattened shape of the shell. They are rounded or oval with a row of respiratory pores along one side. The abalone clings tightly to rocky surfaces and must be pried loose. There are many types: black, flat, pink, green or blue, pinto, red, threaded, and white. Most of the abalone meat is exported to Japan and California. The entire flesh is edible. The primary use for abalone shells is in making inlays on furniture and quitars. They are also sold to shell collectors and are used in making jewelry.

Abalone Links:
California Abalone Page
Conchologist's Information Network (Conch-Net)