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Queen Conch  - Strombus gigas
Photo by Nancy Diersing

The queen conch has a large, conical shell with blunt spikes. The shell is typically orange in color, but is often covered in algae and debris. The inside of the lip rages from bright orange to pink. The queen conch grows up to 12 inches long, and lives between 3-100 feet. The conch has long eye stalks and a large proboscis (tube-like mouth) that it can pull into its shell if threatened.

Queen Conch
(Strombus gigas)

Distribution
Bahamas, Caribbean, and Florida

Habitat
Seagrass beds and sand flats

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 become rare in many areas due to harvesting. Conch are often more abundant below 40 feet where harvesting is not as common.

Learn More
- The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
- Traffic.org