Haliotis clathrata Reeve, 1846

The shell we are calling Haliotis clathrata is uncommon at Kwajalein. Empty shells can be found on the seaward slope and in surge channels. Living animals are active at night and can be seen usually near the upper edge of the steep seaward slope and on walls of surge channels, or in similar ledges on some lagoon pinnacles. During the day, an occasional specimen can be seen under a rock. It is not clear if all of these shells are the same species. There seems to be some difference in sculpture of the shell, in addition to variations in color.

Created 27 November 2017

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