Harpago chiragra (Linnaeus, 1758)
chiragra spider conch
photo by Pillon, Roberto

Family:  Strombidae (conchs)
Max. size:  32 cm SHL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 25 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific.
Biology:  Shell length varies between 8.5 cm and 32 cm (Ref. 101509). Found in coarse sand with coral rubble and algae. Littoral to sublittoral, in tide pools and low tide level (Ref. 349). Inhabits seagrass beds (Ref. 98586). 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: Dar, Christine - 07.03.07
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 15.11.16

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