Distribution and habitat
Abalone are widely distributed across tropical and temperate coastal areas. Roe’s abalone can be found as far north as Shark Bay in Western Australia and south around to Victoria. They mostly inhabit shallow limestone reefs along the west coast, especially around Perth and near Geraldton.
The two larger, more valuable species – greenlip and brownlip, are found on rocks and reefs in deeper water along Western Australia’s south coast, ranging from Cape Naturaliste for greenlip and across to Rottnest Island for brownlip.