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Illustrations of Haliotis SP.
© All images Daniel L. Geiger, unless otherwise noted. All specimens from DLG collection now in SBMNH.

Haliotis sp. Italy, Apulia, Lecce. 43.2 x 29.7 mm. Photo & © Livio Ruggiero. See also Ruggiero (1981).
The specimen had been identified as Haliotis coccinea, a species particularly known from the Atlantic. It has certain non-Mediterranean features, but the coloration does not fit coccinea at all. It reminds of some H. diversicolor specimens (Southern Japan and N Indo-Malayan Archipelago), but some obvious distributional questions arise. Accordingly, the identity of this specimen is currently unresolved.

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