- Large, pink-lipped shell; spindle shaped with thick yellowish outer coating
- Shell has short conical spire with blunt spines on shoulder
- Soft body with black-speckled foot and a snout-like mouth
- Bright yellow eyes perched on the end of two stalks
Other marine snails like the Milk conch.
Up to 12 inches (8 pounds).
Sandy and hard bottoms and coral rubble; occasionally in seagrass beds; found in Caribbean and western Atlantic Ocean waters, including those around the Florida Keys north to the St. Lucie Inlet on the east coast.
Slow-moving, long-lived marine snail that feeds on algae and other marine plants.
The conch’s large, pink-lipped shell is valued among shell collectors, and its meat is a dietary staple for many Caribbean cultures.
May not be commercially or recreationally harvested and/or sold in Florida.
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