Spider Conch

Spider Conch
Spider Conch
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Superfamily: Stromboidea
Family: Strombidae
Genus: Lambis
Species: L. lambis
Scientific name: Lambis lambis

  Common name of this shell is the spider conch, a species of large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Strombidae, the true conchs.
  The Spider Conch has a very large, robust and heavy shell. One of its most striking characteristics is its flared outer lip, ornamented by six hollow marginal digitations. These digitations present subtle differences in shape between genders in this species, as the three anteriormost digitations are short and posteriorly bent in male individuals, and longer and dorsally recurved in females.
  This species is widespread in the Indo-West Pacific, including Aldabra, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, Seychelles, Tanzania, Micronesia, eastern Melanesia, Taiwan, southern Japan and northern Australia.
  The Spider Conch lives in mangrove areas, as well as reef flats and coral-rubble bottoms in shallow water from low tide levels to depths of 5m. It is usually found in association with red algae.
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