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Queen Conch

A slow-moving, long-lived marine snail, the queen conch (Strombus gigas) inhabits seagrass beds in Caribbean and western Atlantic Ocean waters, including those around the Florida Keys. The conch’s large, pink-lipped shell is valued among shell collectors, and its meat is a dietary staple for many Caribbean cultures. The conch has become a symbol of the relaxed pace of life in the Florida Keys, where the human natives affectionately refer to themselves as "conchs."

Queen Conch Stock Restoration Report - September 2001

This article provides a brief discussion of the location and history of Queen Conch in Florida

Molluscan Fisheries Publications - Queen Conch

Queen conch research publications.

Queen Conch Sea Stats Publication

This summary life history of queen conch (Strombus gigas) provides information about age and growth, distribution and migration, and feeding habits.

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