Florida fighting conch – 110 mm (4.3 inches)
Common in SW Florida
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Juvenile Florida Fighting Conchs
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Aperture view of juvenile FLORIDA FIGHTING CONCHS
Strombus alatus, commonly known as the Florida fighting conch, contains a small, jagged spire at the top of the shell and about seven whorls.
The front of the shell is designed with two curved edges; these edges allow the eyestalks to look out from under the shell and become aware of its surroundings, keeping the rest of its body safe. The snout acts as a trunk, reaching out from under the shell to collect food. Here you can see a fighting conch’s soft-body, eyestalks and snout emerging from its shell.
These warm water shells can be found throughout the Gulf of Mexico, up to North Carolina, and across the Caribbean Sea, inhabiting sand banks and sea grass beds located in shallow water.
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The eggs are released in a gelatinous egg string then sand adheres to its thick jelly-like sheath.
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Multiple colors and patterns varying from white, tan, orange, brown, black and purple. Albinos are uncommon.
OTHER FORM VARIATIONS
Knobless Florida Fighting Conchs- The shoulders on these shells are smooth and missing the knobs (nodules). Theses are uncommon to find in SW Florida.
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Freak Florida Fighting Conchs – either cause by lack of food source, environmental issues or repairing from injury.
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Video of FLORIDA FIGHTING CONCHS…