Malacology is the study of mollusks. This includes animals like octopus, snails, slugs, and clams. It is the second largest phylum of animals, making them one of the most successful groups on the planet. There are over 80,000 described species of mollusks with many more left to be discovered. Mullusca is composed of 8 recognized classes including Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, Polyplacophora, Scaphapoda, Monoplacophorans, the Aplacophorans, Caudofoveata and Solenogastres, and Bivalvia.
American Crown Conch
Length up to (mm): 205
The crown conch has a relatively short spire and a large adult body whorl. The top of the spire has a series of axial folds that transition into sharp spines on the shoulder of lower whorls. The body whorl also typically has a second row of spines. The shell is often white with orange-brown bands of color.
East Florida to Alabama
0 to 2 meters
Marine; Soft substrates
MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Melongena corona (Gmelin, 1791). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=420061 on 2021-06-23
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