Haliotis mykonosensis Owen, Hanavan & Hall, 2001
Distribution: central Mediterranean. Corfu to Samos, Crete, Corsica...
In shallow water to a few meters deep, on rocky bottoms
near fields of Posidonia oceanica (Linnaeus) Delile, 1813.

Shells quite similar to those of H. tuberculata Linnaeus, 1758 f. lamellosa Lamarck, 1822.
The corded sculpture is less pronounced, and finer. The lamellae are weaker or absent.
Above and below: 2-8m deep, in crevices, in reefs around Elafonisi, SW. Crete. 25-25mm.
The main characteristic of this species remains "the highly complex, profuse, multi-branching papillae
that often fill the epipodium from margin to margin."
(Buzz Owen).
Live (row2) and dead (row1) collected, at 1-2m deep, under stones and pieces of metal,
in wrecks on shallow reef, route du Port, near the railway, in the harbour, Isola Rossa, Corsica. 28-31mm.
Punta di Spanu, Calvi bay, Corsica, On the southern side, offshore at various depths.
One alive under rock at 5m, one in an Octopus nest. 27-31mm.
Holes never elevated.
Shallow water under rocks, Cala d'Olivu, Isola Rossa, Corsica, 26mm.
The shore on NW. end of Korissia lagoon, south Corfu, in Spring.
The winter storms pushed ashore dead leaves of Posidonia, and built there two hairy sentinels.
A rocky bottom covered with various stones, and a large field of Posidonia a hundred meters offshore,
in a few feet deep: all conditions that are much sought after by mykonosensis.
Three banded specimens from Greece.
The two small ones were collected at 5m deep, Kythnos island, Kiklades archipelago. 24-29,5mm.
The largest one comes from Saronikos gulf, 8m deep, under rock near Posidonia meadow.
Original pictures © F. Frydman.

All pics © Olivier Caro