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abalone

(ăbəlō`nē), popular name in the United States for a univalve gastropodgastropod,
member of the class Gastropoda, the largest and most successful class of mollusks (phylum Mollusca), containing over 35,000 living species and 15,000 fossil forms.
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 mollusk of the genus Haliotis, members of which are also called ear shells, or sea ears, as their shape resembles the human ear. The shell provides a rooflike covering for the abalone and is perforated by a row of holes on one side through which the animal respires. The iridescent mother-of-pearl shell lining is used to make buttons and other articles. Before protective legislation was enacted, much of the dried flesh and some shells were exported to Asia. Abalone are classified in the phylum MolluscaMollusca
, taxonomic name for the one of the largest phyla of invertebrate animals (Arthropoda is the largest) comprising more than 50,000 living mollusk species and about 35,000 fossil species dating back to the Cambrian period.
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, class Gastropoda, order Archeogastropoda, family Haliotidae.

abalone

[‚ab·ə′lō·nē]
(invertebrate zoology)
A gastropod mollusk composing the single genus Haliotis of the family Haliotidae. Also known as ear shell; ormer; paua.

abalone

any of various edible marine gastropod molluscs of the genus Haliotis, having an ear-shaped shell that is perforated with a row of respiratory holes. The shells are used for ornament or decoration
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Somewhere along the line, we realized we hadn't seen a white abalone in quite some time," says Dan Richards, a marine biologist with Channel Islands National Park.
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Preliminary drafts focus on the need to: 1) assess and monitor populations in the wild in cooperation with the state of California and with other federal agencies; 2) protect white abalone habitat; 3) rebuild the white abalone population throughout its range by establishing a captive breeding and enhancement program; 4) investigate threats posed by disease; 5) create international partnerships; and 6) develop a public outreach plan.
Capitalized at 300 million yen, the new company will conduct a variety of businesses involving abalone, ranging from producing and culturing young abalone to producing and marketing grown abalone, the officials said.
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Although there is usually a 30-day grace period with the office before such filings become effective, such a stay would have subjected California's declining stock of black abalone to recreational harvest during that time.