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Queen Conch

on March 29, 2012
Aquarium Guide - Mini

The conch builds its own shell out of calcium carbonate that it gets from the ocean.

Design

Queen Conch

The conch builds its own shell out of calcium carbonate that it gets from the ocean. How does a conch know that it needs to build a shell, and how does it know how to build its shell? This information was given to the conch kind at creation. Information has to come from a source of intelligence, and that source is the all-knowing Creator God.

Features

  • The queen conch, one of the largest marine snails, is best known for its bright pink, orange, or yellow coloring on the inside of the flared lip of its shell.
  • The queen conch reaches sexual maturity after three years, when their shells are about 8 in (20 cm) long.

Fun Facts

  • The lip of the conch shell was used by some indigenous people groups to make knives, ax heads, and chisels.
  • Abandoned conch shells are often used by many marine creatures, including the cardinal fish and octopuses, as protection from predators.
  • The queen conch is also called the pink conch.
  • This species has always played a central role in human societies in the Caribbean. For one thing, it is an ideal food source, and it comes in its own cooking pot—its shell!

CLASS: Gastropoda (gastropods, slugs, and snails)
ORDER: Neotaenioglossa
FAMILY: Strombidae (true conchs)
GENUS/SPECIES: Strombus gigas

Size: 6–12 in (15–30.5 cm)
Weight: Average 4.4 lbs (2 kg)
Diet: Seagrasses, algae, organic debris
Habitat: Shallows of semi-tropical and tropical waters of the Caribbean

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