Species Index

Haliotis brazieri
(Angas, 1869)

Distribution: Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to Australia, known from the east coast, Caloundra in Queensland south to Green Cape, New South Wales.

Ecological Notes: Found in coral and rocky areas, usually under rocks or boulders, coral slabs. Depth to 30 m.

Additional Notes: Shell has a high spire, strongly shouldered. Siphonal holes are on high tubercules, 4 – 6 open. Usually irregularly coloured with pink, red and green, often in radial bands. Similar H. coccoradiata has similar colouring but lacks the high spire with angulate shoulders and raised siphonal holes. Species previously known as H. hargravesi is now recognised as a form of H. brazieri. The lower photo shows the characteristic form of H. brazieri. Grows to 45 mm.

References: Identification thanks to David Tarrant, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

Neville Coleman, 2002 Sea Shells, Catalogue of Indo-Pacific Mollusca. Neville Coleman’s Underwater Geographic Pty Ltd, 2003. p.38.

The Seashells of New South Wales, Des Beechey, Senior Fellow, Australian Museum, Release 25. Website at Accessed 07/11/2018.