Florida Horse Conch

(Kiener, 1840)

Triplofusus giganteus

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Neogastropoda

Fasciolariidae

Fasciolariidae

Shell Information

Length (mm): 609

Dextral

Chirality:

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

North Carolina to Qunitana Roo

0 to 200 meters

Diet:

Carnivore; They feed on oysters and other small mollusks.

Habitat:

Marine; Hard substrates and among seagrass

Misc. Facts

The Florida Horse Conch is the largest predatory gastropod found in the Western Atlantic. It is the offical state shell of Florida.

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Triplofusus giganteus (Kiener, 1840). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=420051 on 2021-06-23

Rosenberg, G., F. Moretzsohn, and E. F. Garc�a. 29. Gastropoda (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 579�699 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico�Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas.