Harpago chiragra

Harpago chiragra

Harpago chiragra, Chiragra spider conch

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Harpago chiragra

Harpago chiragra, common name the Chiragra spider conch, is a species of very large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Strombidae, the true conchs.

Appearance

The shell length for this species varies between 85 mm and 320 mm, usually to 170 mm.Harpago chiragra has a very thick, robust and heavy shell, with a distinct anterior notch. Its most prominent characteristic are the six long and curved marginal digitations, expanded from the flaring, thick outer lip and canals. The columella and aperture are lirate.

Distribution

Geography

Harpago chiragra is widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific, ranging from the Aldabra Atoll, Chagos, Mauritius, Mozambique, Sri Lanka and the Gulf of Bengal to eastern Polynesia. It ranges north as far as Taiwan and southern Japan, and south to New Caledonia and Australia.

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Harpago chiragra lives in coral reef areas. It can be found in littoral and sublittoral zones, in tidal pools and low tide levels to a depth of around 25 m.

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Habits and Lifestyle

Diet and Nutrition

Harpago chiragra is known to be an herbivore, feeding on plants and algae.

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References

1. Harpago chiragra Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpago_chiragra

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