Strombus alatus

Strombus alatus

Strombus alatus, Florida fighting conch

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Strombus alatus

Strombus alatus, the Florida fighting conch, is a species of medium-sized, warm-water sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Strombidae, the true conchs.

Appearance

The shell can be as large as 112 mm (4.4 in).

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This species is closely similar to Strombus pugilis, the West Indian fighting conch, which has a more southerly range. S. alatus shells have less prominent subsutural spines and slightly more projected outer lips. Some scientists have treated the two as distinct species; others as subspecies. In an extensive study of the Stromboidea in 2005, Simone provisionally treated these as distinct species, but observed, "no spectacular morphological difference was found all related differences, even those of the genital system, can be regarded as extreme of variation of a single, wide distributed, variable species."

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Distribution

Geography

This conch occurs in the Western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, Texas, and the east coast of Mexico.

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The minimum recorded depth for this species is the surface; the maximum recorded depth is 183 m.

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References

1. Strombus alatus Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strombus_alatus

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