These are marine animals and are found from North Carolina to Florida and into Mexico.
The Florida horse conch lives among the sand and weeds in the shallow marine waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Aquatic Biomes
The Florida horse conch is the largest snail to be found in the American waters, sometimes reaching a length of two feet. It has ten whorls, and its shoulders bear large, low nodules. The operculum is a leathery brown color, the aperture is orange, and the animal itself is brick red in color.
Reproduction is sexual. The female attaches capsule-like structures to rock or old shell. Each capsule contains several dozen eggs for the young snails to feed upon. The capsule contains 5-6 circular rims, and they are laid in clumps. The young emerge and are an orange color, approximately 3.5 inches in diameter.
Florida horse conchs are usually solitary creatures.
The Florida horse conch are carnivores that feed on bivalves and other snails.
Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Florida horse conchs are used as food and are said to taste "peppery." They also eat other bivalves that may sometimes be pests to man.
The Florida horse conch is very common and is found quite easily around the Florida coast in the Atlantic ocean.
- IUCN Red List [Link]
- Not Evaluated
Amanda Miller (author), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
- Atlantic Ocean
the body of water between Africa, Europe, the southern ocean (above 60 degrees south latitude), and the western hemisphere. It is the second largest ocean in the world after the Pacific Ocean.
living in the Nearctic biogeographic province, the northern part of the New World. This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico.
- bilateral symmetry
having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria.
the nearshore aquatic habitats near a coast, or shoreline.
animals which must use heat acquired from the environment and behavioral adaptations to regulate body temperature
- native range
the area in which the animal is naturally found, the region in which it is endemic.
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