Pink or Queen Conch
|Also Known As:||Queen Conch|
Conservation Status: Not endangered, but protected by law
Size: Can be up to 12 inches in length.
Range: Florida to the Caribbean.
Habitat: Lives in the sand of warm tropical seas.
Diet: Primarily algae, though the larvae also will eat plankton until maturity.
Breeding: From April to August.
Nesting: Eggs; the eggs are in long tubes that can be up to 75 feet long, the amount of the eggs can vary from 185,000 to 480,000.
Notes: The meat is considered a delicacy.
Description & Behavior
The lip of the shell of the queen conch varies from pink to orange to yellow. The outer shell can be speckled and is rough while the lip has a glossy appearance and smooth texture.