Queen Conch: Strombus Gigas

Biology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at this large, herbivorous marine snail found primarily in the shallow turtle grass beds and sandy bottoms of tropical Atlantic Ocean regions .

“The queen conch, Strombus Gigas, is a large, herbivorous marine snail found primarily in the shallow turtle grass beds and sandy bottoms of tropical Atlantic Ocean. It is classified under the Family Strombidae, Order Mesogastropoda, Class Gastropoda, and Phylum Mollusca. This particular species of snail is valued as nutritious and cheap seafood, high in protein and low in fats or carbohydrates, with a flavor similar to scallops, clams, or abalones, and it lacks that “fishy” taste most seafood has. In addition, their shells are used commercially to make cameos or curios. They are less common in more heavily populated areas, since people find many commercial uses for these animals. Each shell is incised with a 2-cm long hole just above the attachment of the columellar muscle. Once this is severed by a fisherman, the body falls from the shell. Though queen conchs are not yet on the endangered species list, the fishing industry is posing a threat to their existence as a species.”


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