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ImageThis is probably a pinto abalone Haliotis kamtschatkana. When young, pinto abalone have a deep groove running along the excurrent openings (respiratory pores) of the shell, and it can also have a bright red or golden stripe.


Pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

Location (General):

Point Lobos

Site (Specific):

Middle Reef

Date taken:

January, 20 2008

Photo credit:

Ian Sayers

Photographer's comments:

Photo courtesy of Ian Sayers. For more photos by Ian, visit

View the Natural history for:
Haliotis kamtschatkana
in SIMoN's Species Database.

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      Latitude: 36.522031    Longitude: -121.938686

File name: IS_012008_006.jpg