Ecology of Haliotis rufescens
Main Ref. Gotshall, D.W., 2005
Remarks It moves across sand and gravel bottoms, from low intertidal to 24 meters in depth (Ref. 865). Predominantly found in or in near rocky macroalgal substrata (Ref. 106839). Feeds on algae (Ref. 105211).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Haliotis rufescens may be found.


Substrate Benthic: mobile; Soft Bottom: sand; Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref. Gotshall, D.W., 2005
Special habitats Beds: algae/seaweed;
Special habitats Ref. Gruenthal, K.M., L.K. Acheson and R.S. Burton, 2007


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type Ref. Hernández, J., I. Uriarte, M.T. Viana, R. Westermeier and A. Farías, 2009
Feeding habit browsing on substrate
Feeding habit Ref. Hernández, J., I. Uriarte, M.T. Viana, R. Westermeier and A. Farías, 2009

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 2.00 0.00 Trophic level and s.e. inferred from exclusive plant/detritus food items.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sorongon-Yap, Patricia on 03.11.14
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 03.03.16
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