Disk abalone

The shells have a shallow, open spiral. The snail has just one shell, like a limpet, rather than two like a clam. Around the edge of the shell are several open respiratory pores. The flesh of abalones is widely considered to be a delicacy by many.

Lieutenant George Peard RN collected many shells during his time aboard HMS Blossom which explored the Bering Strait. George Tradescant Lay was the official naturalist on this voyage and may have advised Peard on specimens to acquire.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
52/1916/61
Collection Class
Molluscs
Common Name
disk abalone
Simple Name
mollusc: shell
Period Classification
George IV (1820-1830)
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HALIOTIDAE: Haliotis cf. discus (Reeve): disk abalone