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Queen Conch - Strombus gigas
Photo by Joyce and Frank Burek

The queen conch is grey with long eyestalks and a large tube-like mouth that is known as a proboscis. Its shell is pinkish on the inside and orangish on the exterior, which is usually covered with algae and debris. This species normally grows to between 6 and 9 inches, but has been known to reach as large as 12 inches. The queen conch is found in sea grass beds and on sand flats at depths between 3 and 100 feet.

Queen Conch
(Strombus gigas)

Distribution
Bahamas, Caribbean, and Florida

Habitat
Sea grass beds and sandy flats; usually near patch reefs

Diet
Algae

Status

The status of this species is representative of the populations within the waters of this Sanctuary only, not global populations.

Quick Fact
The queen conch has a claw-like operculum, which is used to seal the opening of the shell when the conch completely retreats inside.

Learn More
- University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
- Traffic International