Information On Conch

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What are the characteristics and features of conch? What are the species of conch? Information about conch.

CONCH, a large marine snail with a heavy coiled shell, found in temperate and tropical seas. The most common conch in Florida and the West Indies is the pink conch (Strombus gigas). It is about 1 foot (30 cm) long with a large flaring, pink lip. The flesh is used in chowders and salads, and the shell is a tourist item.

There are several species of conch belonging to the genus Busycon, which are found in the northeastern United States. Members range from 3 to 10 inches (7.5-25 cm) long. These conchs are noted for the long, snakelike strings of horny, button-shaped capsules laid by the female; each of the capsules contains hundreds of young. The foot of the snail is sometimes sliced, pounded, and cooked in tomato sauce. Parts of the shell of the left-handed conch were used by the American Indians in making wampum.

In the western Pacific, the largest conch is the Triton’s trumpet of the genus Charonia. It reaches a length of 18 inches (45 cm) and is popular as a collector’s item.

Conchs belong to several families, including Strombidae, Melongenidae, and Cymatiidae, in the class Gastropoda.

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