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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Invertebrates: Queen Conch


Description

The Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) is a true conch and the largest mollusk native to North America. It can grow to 15-31 cm, 6-12" in length.

The Queen Conch lives in the wider Caribbean region including Mexico, southern Florida, and the Bahamas, north to Bermuda. It lives in seagrass meadows and on sandy substrate feeding on detritus, macroalgae, and epiphytes. The nacre of its shell blushes a sunrise of pink, yellow, peach and cream colors.

Other names for the Queen Conch include pink conch, caracol reina, caracol rosa, caracol rosado, caracol de pala, cobo, botuto, guarura, and lambi.

Status: Listed on Appendix II of CITES.
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2 Comments:

  • that's a cool picture.

    By Blogger carrie, at 19:18  

  • Cool but "the largest mollusk native to North America" the horse conch (Pleuroploca gigantea), also known as the giant band shell, which has been Florida's official state shell since 1969. This shell is native to the marine waters around Florida and can grow to a length of twenty-four inches. Here is a picture of a Horse Conch

    By Blogger Keys Treasures, at 01:09  

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