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Maori Name: Pāua

Latin Name: Haliotis iris

Length: 12.5–18cm (12.5cm legal minimum shell size for harvest)


Paua belong to the Haliotidae family (abalones).


Related species:


Related species include Yellow-foot paua (H. australis) and Virgin

paua (H. virginea). H. australis is widespread around New Zealand in small numbers. It has a pale yellow-brown shell. The foot is pale yellow with a black rim. H. virginea is similar to H. iris but the foot is white. Four subspecies are found between North Cape and the Sub-Antarctic Islands.