Ficus gracilis (Sowerby, 1825)
graceful fig shell
photo by Coltro, Marcus

Family:  Ficidae (fig shells)
Max. size:  20 cm SHL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 200 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: from the Andaman Sea to eastern Indonesia; north to Japan and south to Indonesia.
Biology:  Occasional bycatch of shrimp trawlers. Offshore (Ref. 799). Also found in shelf zones (Ref. 349). Members of the order Neotaenioglossa are mostly gonochoric and broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktonic trocophore larvae and later into juvenile veligers before becoming fully grown adults (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 07.04.06
Modified by: Bato-David, Elizabeth - 18.02.13

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