Strombus

Strombus is a genus of medium to large sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the family Strombidae, which comprises the true conchs and their immediate relatives. The genus Strombus was named by Swedish Naturalist Carl Linnaeus in 1758. There were around 50 living species recognized, which vary in size from fairly small to very large. Six species live in the greater Caribbean region, including the queen conch, Strombus gigas (now usually known as Eustrombus gigas or Lobatus gigas), and the West Indian fighting conch, Strombus pugilis. However, since 2006, many species have been assigned to discrete genera. These new genera are however not yet found in most textbooks and collector's guides.

Worldwide, several of the larger species are economically important as food sources; these include the endangered queen conch which very rarely also produces a pink, gem quality pearl. In the geological past, a much larger number of species of Strombus existed. Of the living species, most are in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Many species of true conchs live on sandy bottoms among beds of sea grass in tropical waters. They eat algae and have a claw-shaped operculum.

Read more about Strombus:  Shell Description, Phylogeny, Species

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Strombus - Species
... Species within the genus Strombus include Strombus alatus Gmelin, 1791 Strombus gracilior G.B ... Sowerby I, 1825 Strombus pugilis Linnaeus, 1758 Species brought into synonymy Strombus accipiter Dillwyn, 1817 synonym of Lobatus costatus (Gmelin, 1791) Strombus aurisdianae Linnaeus ... Sowerby II, 1842) Strombus tricornis (Humphrey, 1786) synonym of Tricornis tricornis (Lightfoot, 1786) Strombus urceus Linnaeus, 1758 synonym of Canarium urceus (Linnaeus ...
Strombus - Species
... Species within the genus Strombus include Strombus alatus Gmelin, 1791 Strombus gracilior G.B ... Sowerby I, 1825 Strombus pugilis Linnaeus, 1758 Species brought into synonymy Strombus accipiter Dillwyn, 1817 synonym of Lobatus costatus (Gmelin, 1791 ... Sowerby II, 1842) Strombus tricornis (Humphrey, 1786) synonym of Tricornis tricornis (Lightfoot, 1786) Strombus urceus Linnaeus, 1758 synonym of Canarium ...
Strombidae - Cladograms
... Conomurex luhuanus Tricornis raninus Lambis lambis Strombus Eustrombus Aliger Another cladogram, this time based on sequences of nuclear histone H3 and mitochondrial cytochrome-c ... that used to belong or still belong in the genus Strombus and Lambis are shown bellow Eastern Pacific and Atlantic Strombus gallus Strombus gigas Strombus costatus Strombus raninus Strombus peruvianus ...
Strombidae
... The family Strombidae includes the genera Strombus, Lambis, Tibia, and their allies ... generally to any of the Strombidae but sometimes is used more specifically to include only Strombus and Lambis or just Strombus itself ...
Strombidae - Distribution
... living species that used to belong to the genus Strombus can be found in the Indo-Pacific region ... conch Lobatus gallus, the milk conch Lobatus costatus, the West Indian fighting conch Strombus pugilis and the Florida fighting conch Strombus alatus ... these species were placed in the genus Strombus, but now many species are being moved into new genera ...