Queen Conch

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Aliger gigas

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Littorinimorpha

Strombidae

Strombidae

Image Voucher: 

ANSP 390762

Shell Information

Length (mm): 200-352

Dextral

Chirality:

This is a large heavy shell with a relatively short spire. The shell whorls have knobs that increase in size on later whorls. The body whorl of adults has a thick flared lip. The shell has a yellowish-white coloration with a white to pink interior.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

South Carolina to Barbados

0.3 to 25 meters

Diet:

Herbivore

Habitat:

Marine; Seagrass and soft substrates

Misc. Facts

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Aliger gigas (Linnaeus, 1758). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: https://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=1429769 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.

Morris, P. A. (1987). A field guide to shells: Atlantic and Gulf coasts and the West Indies (3rd ed.). Houghton Mifflin.