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Strombus alatus   Gmelin, 1791

Florida fighting conch

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Gastropoda | Littorinimorpha | Strombidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic; depth range 0 - 183 m (Ref. 83435).  Tropical; 37°N - 15°N, 98°W - 74°W (Ref. 83435)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Central Atlantic: from North Carolina to Texas, Mexico, Belize, and Puerto Rico.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 1 - 1 cm Max length : 11.2 cm DL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83435)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

The 144.9 mm size reported by Wagner & Abbott (1973) needs confirmation. Wagner & Abbott (1967) reported a maximum size of 117 mm, which itself is an error for 112 mm (specimen is in ANSP; Ref. 83435). Inhabits seagrass beds, shallow reefs, sand and rubble (Ref. 106835). Feeds on diatoms and other epiphytic algae. Resides in deep waters of 10 m or greater during winter and migrates to shallow waters of 2 m during summer to spawn (Ref. 105282).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Free-swimming larvae hatch from eggs and develop into veligers which later settle down the water column and undergo metamorphosis into juvenile conch (Refs. 833, 105282). Mating behavior: Males that attempt to mate with a female being guarded by another male fight over with each other in a sparring contest using their proboscis (Refs. 105242, 105282).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Bisby, F.A., M.A. Ruggiero, K.L. Wilson, M. Cachuela-Palacio, S.W. Kimani, Y.R. Roskov, A. Soulier-Perkins and J. van Hertum. 2005. (Ref. 19)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; aquaculture: commercial
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More information

FAO areas
Food items
Mass conversion

Internet sources

Alien/Invasive Species database | BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 21.7 - 27.7, mean 24.9 (based on 268 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766)